5 x 7 in. blank notecard with white envelope
Photograph by Robert McCaw
Published with the Sierra Club
Is this woodchuck (Marmota monax) eager to answer a question? Or directing traffic? Or waving to a friend? Whatever he’s up to, he certainly seems intent about it. Woodchucks, also called groundhogs, are large, mostly herbivorous rodents inhabiting the eastern half of the United States and much of Canada. Great diggers, they live in large underground burrows, where they hibernate through the coldest months of winter. Despite the popular tongue-twister, woodchucks don’t get their name from chucking wood; one popular theory has the name coming from wuchak, the animal’s Native American moniker as interpreted by English colonists.
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