Groundhog Day Celebration 2013

Jan. 17, 2013

Who: The Wildlife In Need Center and the Milwaukee Groundhog Club
What: Groundhog’s Day Celebration and prognostication of spring’s arrival
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Time: 10 A.M – 12 P.M.
Where: Elks Lodge, 2301 Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI 53186
Contact: Leslie Kiehl, 262-965-3090 x 103 or Joan Rudnitzki x 104

Waukesha- The Wildlife In Need Center and the Milwaukee Groundhog Club invites all members of the community - big and small - to join in the 2013 Groundhog Day Celebration and the Milwaukee Groundhog Club’s 104th Anniversary. The celebration will begin with a short 15 minute ceremony at 10 A.M. that highlights Waldo’s emergence from his burrow with his weather prediction. Following the ceremony the Wildlife In Need Center will hold a Meet and Greet. The Meet and Greet will be held until noon and will include all of WINC’s educational ambassadors. This is one of the rare times that all WINC’s ambassadors appear at the same event.

Waldo, the Woodchuck was brought to WINC during the summer of 2008 after being rescued by a couple spending their vacation in an RV. Although the WINC staff tried diligently throughout the remainder of the summer and fall to “wild” him up for release, they were unsuccessful. The mission of WINC is to provide wildlife rehabilitation to Wisconsin wildlife with the intent to release back to their native habitat, conduct research designed to further the positive impact of rehabilitation, and provide quality community education programs and services. In certain circumstances animals cannot be released due to physical or mental complications. Waldo like many of WINC’s other educational ambassadors was too dependent on human involvement and could not properly care for himself in the wild. In Waldo’s case, due to his youth, health and charming personality, he was a great candidate for becoming an educational ambassador. He has been the star of the Groundhog Day Celebration for the past four years.

The celebration of Groundhog Day arose from a variety of different cultures and traditions. It gradually became a time when both people as well as animals emerged from their winter slumber in hopes for the emergence of spring’s warmth. Recently it has been discovered that the real reason Groundhogs emerge from hibernation in February is to scout for a mate. The males will visit females in their burrows in February to become properly acquainted with their mate by March. Groundhog Day is held annually on February 2nd which coincidentally happens to be the midpoint between winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Community Watch

» Unfavorable weather crimps attendance at Waukesha County Fair 03:31 PM

» Judge: Prison for Waukesha man who led police on naked, drug-fueled pursuit Updated:  01:20 PM

» Waukesha man accused of spitting on, trying to bite police officers Updated:  12:00 PM

» Ex-Kmart site in Waukesha to grow with new freestanding retail building 10:43 AM

» Plans for new Mad Rooster Cafe net final approval from Waukesha Plan Commission 09:59 AM

» Court of Appeals: Slender Man stabbing defendants stay in adult court Updated:  7/27

» Power outage temporarily closes Waukesha County Courthouse, administrative buildings 7/27

» Assembly District 83 candidates agree on taxes, differ on opiate issue 7/26

» Waukesha planning staff mulling another downtown apartment project Updated:  7/26

» GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to hold rally at Waukesha County Expo Center 7/26

» Waukesha panel OKs La Casa de Esperanza's charter school expansion 7/25

» New Latin American restaurant Arepanitas opens near downtown Waukesha Updated:  7/25

» Complaint: Waukesha woman, drunk, grabbed gun following phone dispute Updated:  7/25

» Waukesha police report: July 28, 2016 issue 7/25

» Crest owner brings Irish flavor to new venture in downtown Waukesha Updated:  7/25

» 2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage 7/22

» Video: Animal races, 4-H and a geese champion at the Waukesha County Fair 7/22

» Unpaid fees could keep Waukesha students from graduation ceremonies 7/22

» Waukesha South open art studio gives students opportunity to create 7/22

» Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area 7/21

» Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat 7/21

» Stay cool at Hebron House and Jeremy Safe Haven 7/21

» Waukesha Salvation Army offering cool place to stay in light of impending heat wave 7/20

» Woman killed in Waukesha County crash is identified Updated:  7/20

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game 7/20

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Waukesha County Fair

 

The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement