Six More Weeks of Winter? The Shadows of the Bitterroot
A cousin of the groundhog is Montana's yellow bellied marmot. One lives on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
For the past few years, Bob Danley and other staff members have named the marmot "Bitterroot Bill." Though the little guy is usually still hibernating, (as he was this year) Danley brings a Stevensville elementary school class out to the marmot's burrow and at 1 p.m. February 2nd, they determine if Bill would've seen his shadow.
Though it was cloudy Tuesday morning, the sun broke through the clouds during the noon hour. So, six more weeks of winter. Danley was looking at the bright side, saying we do need more snowpack in the mountains.
And Bitterroot Bill continues to snooze.
Here's a video of the day this year at Metcalf.