|Jan. 21, 2014
Buttercup the Groundhog is prepared to prognosticate at the Environmental Education Center on February 1
In 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 weather prediction into the ear of special guests Captain Johnson and members of the Chandler Fire Department. Buttercup’s prediction will take place at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public.
Immediately after the prediction ceremony, Buttercup and other animals will be part of the regular 45-minute Meet the Creature class, which is for children age two and older and requires advanced registration online at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. Space is limited and the class fee is $6 for Chandler residents and $9 for non-residents. The EEC is located within Veterans Oasis Park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road., just east of Lindsay Road. For more information call 480-782-2890, e-mail to EEC@chandleraz.gov, or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Buttercup and the other animals featured in other Meet the Creature classes are in the care of Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures, a wildlife rehabilitation organization associated with East Valley Wildlife. More information is at www.eastvalleywildlife.org or find Lisa’s Creatures on Facebook.