In honor of Groundhog Day here is a picture of the “Lookout Marmot”.
We do not have groundhogs here in Northeastern California. However, a cousin of the groundhog, the yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) is common. I always joke that instead of Punxsutawny Phil predicting the arrival of spring, the Lookout Marmot predicts our spring.
More information on the yellow-bellied marmot can be found in a previous post. (see “Yellow-bellied Marmot” 05-13-12)
This marmot was sunning itself last year in the Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Pilot Butte Section) near Lookout CA.