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Jan. 21, 2014
Buttercup the Groundhog is prepared to prognosticate at the Environmental Education Center on February 1

Lisa Limbert and Buttercup the GroundhogIn the cold, early morning hours of February 2, 2014, the residents of Punxsutawney, Pa., will continue their tradition of gathering to see if their beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, spots his shadow and predicts the end of winter. 

Meanwhile, one day earlier and 1,746 miles to the west, some lucky young children and their parents will join with Chandler Fire Captain Casey Johnston and the crew of Engine 287 to meet Arizona’s own Buttercup, a groundhog who doesn’t have to worry about snow here in sunny Chandler. 

Buttercup is the star of a special Groundhog Day edition of the popular Meet the Creature program at the City’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) on Saturday, February 1. Buttercup’s prognostication skills will still be tested when she makes her bold spring we