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Signs of Spring April 15, 2014  |  By Admin

It is that wonderful time of year when the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and furry Jackson residents begin coming out of hibernation after a long winter! This little guy is the Museum’s resident Yellow-Bellied Marmot, who happened to be sunning himself on the rocks to the Museum entrance yesterday morning. Marmots are burrowing animals who spend about 80% of their time underground and on average 8 months hibernating! In mid-April to early May, you can usually find these burrowers appearing after sunrise to eat, groom, and sunbathe all day. Young marmots lose over half of their body weight during hibernation so you can bet they will spend a great deal of time this spring eating a lot of grasses, flowers, and seeds. Just like marmots, humans love to get out and soak up the sun so stop by the Museum and take a walk on our sculpture trail…you might run into one of our furry friends!

-Rachel Morris, AmeriCorps Education Intern

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