February 1, 2021 | by: aprilzwicker

Groundhog Day 2021

Tuesday is Groundhog Day! So…will he see his shadow, and predict 6 more weeks of winter, or will there be no shadow, and we’ll have an early spring? We’ll find out Tuesday morning with Nova Scotia’s Groundhog; Sam at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park!

Like so many things these days; this year’s groundhog day ceremonies will be virtual.

According to NS Lands & Forestry; Nova Scotians are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day virtually this year and watch the prediction on social media. Shubenacadie Sam will emerge from his burrow at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park with his spring forecast Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 8am.

Remember: 
no shadow = an early spring
sees shadow = 6 more weeks of winter

“With virtual celebrations, everyone can take part in the fun by following Shubenacadie Sam and the wildlife park on social media.” Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Lands and Forestry.

The wildlife park will also celebrate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2nd. Wetlands provide important habitats for hundreds of wildlife species, including species at risk. They also mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon and buffering coastal communities from rises in sea level and storm surges.

Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park is also hosting a contest for Groundhog Day – make your prediction on their Facebook page for a chance to win a prize; either way things go on Tuesday!  Contest closes today at 12noon (NS time). Click here for the link that takes you right to the contest page.  Good luck!
Nova Scotia’s Sam will be the first groundhog to make a prediction, about an hour before other groundhogs in Ontario and the eastern United States.

I’m hoping for an early spring, how about you? 🙂

Sources:
novascotia.ca (Lands & Forestry Press Release)
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park Facebook page