Well, Environmental Club had a good time learning about groundhogs today! Groundhogs are AKA (also known as) woodchucks, whistle pigs, land beavers, marmots, and mouse bears! A friend of mine sent me this link from NWF (National Wildlife Federation) with some really cool facts about these true hibernators!
I learned so much from this website that I did not know before today. For instance, a woodchuck’s body temperature goes from 99-37 degrees Fahrenheit when it hibernates! A human’s normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If our temperature drops below 70 degrees, we would die!
After you go on the NWF website, please post a new fact or two in a comment below. Thanks!
PS. Do groundhogs really eat wood???
Isn’t this baby groundhog the cutest?
You may be asking yourself, what in the world is Groundhog Day? Well, Groundhog Day is a holiday that is celebrated every year on February 2. Wait, instead of me writing it here, you could click here and read about it for yourself!
Some questions for you to answer:
1. What is a groundhog and what is another name for this animal?
2. Where does the famous Punxsutawney Phil groundhog live?
3. What is the legend of the groundhog and its shadow?
4. Do you think the groundhog will see its shadow this February 2nd?
Make sure you write your answers in complete sentences.
Do you like to draw? Sketch? Scribble? Doodle? Are you good at it? Are you REALLY good at it? Do you ever use GOOGLE?
Well, what if I told you that all that scribbling and doodling can win you a $15,000 scholarship to the college of your choice? Yes, I wrote $15,000. That’s a lot of money. So, if you are interested in drawing and would like to enter a way cool contest, CLICK HERE. Maybe your DOODLE will be the next GOOGLE DOODLE!
These are the 2010 winners for third grade and sixth grade. What kind of Doodle can you do?
Monarch Caterpillar Video
Isn’t this the coolest website? I love being able to look up animals, insects and more, all on the same website! Check out your favorite critters, read interesting facts, watch videos of them in action!
What is your favorite insect/reptile/mammal/etc?? Please reply in a comment and tell me your answers!