Marmots signal spring

0322 out wonderI just got a call from my wife that the rock chucks (yellow bellied marmots) are out in the Boise Foothills.

That’s a sure sign of spring. We’ve seen them come out for the first time in past years as early as January and late as the end of February.

Our rock chucks beat out Punxsutawney Phil, that Easterner, for predicting the length of winter.

Hopefully our marmots like what they saw today coming out of their dens. Sometimes they pop up and go back into their dens until weather conditions get better.

File photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman (Sorry, I wasn’t home to get the photo of this year’s rock chucks).


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