Happy Marmot Day!

February 02, 2010

This just in—Alaska has declared Feb. 2 Marmot Day! Three species of marmot can be found in Alaska (but no groundhogs), and Sen. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla who filed the official bill, hopes that the state will create educational activities around the animal. No weather forecasting duties will be required.

I’m all for any holiday that honors marmots. My family and I came across a number of the cute furry creatures while visiting Yellowstone in 2008, where they are also known as “whistle pigs,” because of a whistling noise they make. A cuddly animal known as a whistle pig? Who could resist?

Punxsutawney Who?


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  1. We saw this guys all over Alaska when we visited - cute, fuzzy and dumb as a rock! But I'm with you - a Happy Marmot day works for me too!

  2. Happy belated Marmot Day to you. I love the nickname "whistle pig." ;)

  3. We need more days of celebration of all kinds, in my opinion. How about Whistle Pig day? We got a lot of mileage out of that nickname, let me tell you.

  4. Hi Kathy! Looking forward to taking the beach class with you!

    LOL, I'm all for Whistle Pig Day. These guys are cute. I like the second photo where he looks like he flattened himself out. Yellowstone must have been a great trip.

  5. P.S.: you'll never believe this, but my word verification code was:



  6. HA! How appropriate! Yellowstone was awesome--the best family vacation ever. We want to go back to enjoy a part of every season there. See you at the beach!