groundhog http://nhpr.org en NH This Weekend: Groundhogs & Oscar Shorts http://nhpr.org/post/nh-weekend-groundhogs-oscar-shorts <p></p><p>It has been a rough winter so far. Maybe you’re wondering when it will ease up. Forget the weather forecasters; there’s a certain woodchuck in PA that should know something; and if we have to wake him up and drag him out of his hole to tell us, well, that’s what we’re going to do. &nbsp;So it’s with great fanfare that Ground Hog Weekend is here. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some suggestions to celebrate right here in New Hampshire, including a way to get up close and personal with whistle-pig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 42717 at http://nhpr.org NH This Weekend: Groundhogs & Oscar Shorts Groundhog Day – All Over Again http://nhpr.org/post/groundhog-day-all-over-again <p>This humble, sleepy animal annually thrust into the glare of a thousand camera flashes in Pennsylvania by otherwise rational men wearing stovepipe hats has many different common names: Woodchuck, Groundhog, Whistling pig and Marmot. It’s actually the largest member of the squirrel family found in New England, related closely to western marmots.</p><p>The etymology of the name “woodchuck” is unrelated to "wood" or to "chucking." The name stems from its Algonquian origins or possibly Cree Indian name: "<em>Wu-chak</em>".</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:36:55 +0000 Dave Anderson 21168 at http://nhpr.org Groundhog Day – All Over Again