Because there are no groundhogs in Alaska – yet three other species of marmots call the state home – it makes sense the ground squirrel become Alaska’s version of Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog famed for his winter weather forecasts.
“I’m happy to put the spotlight Feb. 2 on our own Alaska marmots that can be seen throughout the state welcoming us to warmer days,” Menard added.
Although the bill doesn’t give marmots any weather forecasting duties, Menard hopes the state will create educational activities around the animal.
This year, Mat-Su Valley’s KMBQ radio station will hold a special event, along with observances in the Mat-Su School District and the Alaska Zoo.
Locally, Menard will incorporate excerpts from the children’s book “Gimme, Gimme Moocher Marmots,” by 14-year Douglas resident Cindy Burchfield, in her presentation Tuesday to the Senate.
GIMME GIMME MOOCHER MARMOTS.
I don’t even know what to do with that, it’s so awesome.