Yes we’ve all heard of Wiarton Willie and Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil but how many have heard of Woody? No, not that kind.
Woody is a female groundhog who has correctly predicted spring on six out of eight occasions.
Although male groundhogs have an advantage in getting hired, female groundhogs have an advantage in accuracy. Perhaps the female groundhogs need to advocate for fair hiring practises.
Richard Grant, executive director of the Howell Conference and Nature Center tells us that female groundhogs are more reliable predictors of weather because they generally have more responsibility. They are the care givers and bringers of bacon for their families.
Male groundhogs do have their responsibilities too.
When asked about these responsibilities Grant replied;
“What do male groundhogs do? They mate . . . and then they get hit by cars.”