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Manitoba Merv Calls for Six More Weeks of Winter

Manitoba Merv Calls for Six More Weeks of Winter

Manitoba Merv
Manitoba Merv saw his shadow Thursday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. (OAK HAMMOCK MARSH INTERPRETIVE CENTRE)

WINNIPEG — Given the mid-January thaw southern Manitoba experienced, perhaps we deserve another six more weeks of winter? At least Manitoba Merv seems to think so.

The groundhog puppet poked his head out of his burrow Thursday morning at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre and saw his shadow.

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PWRC Needs Help Naming New Woodchuck

PWRC Needs Help Naming New Woodchuck

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The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre needs help naming its new woodchuck. (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — There’s a new woodchuck in town.

The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has introduced a new member of its animal family to replace Winnipeg Willow, who passed away early this year.

Willow was known for predicting an early spring or a longer winter each Groundhog Day.

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Manitoba Merv Predicts an Early Spring on the Way

Manitoba Merv Predicts an Early Spring on the Way

Manitoba Merv
Manitoba Merv did not see his shadow on Tuesday morning, predicting an early spring is on the way. (OAK HAMMOCK MARSH)

It looks like spring is on its way early this year, if a puppet groundhog has anything to say about it.

Manitoba Merv appeared at Oak Hammock Marsh on Tuesday morning and did not see his shadow at the end of the boardwalk.

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Woodchuck Forecaster Winnipeg Willow Dies

Woodchuck Forecaster Winnipeg Willow Dies

Winnipeg Willow
Winnipeg Willow, May 2010 — January 29, 2016 (FACEBOOK)

Winnipeg’s well-known rodent forecaster has died just days ahead of Groundhog Day.

The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre announced the passing of Winnipeg Willow late Friday night.

“We are in complete shock and sadness with tears coming down our face to announce the passing of Winnipeg Willow,” the centre said in a Facebook posting.

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Manitoba Groundhogs Call for an Early Spring

Manitoba Groundhogs Call for an Early Spring

Winnipeg Willow
Winnipeg Willow saw her shadow on Monday, February 2, 2015, predicting an early spring. (PRAIRIE WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE / FACEBOOK)

Two local rodents have predicted an early spring!

Winnipeg Willow and Manitoba Merv weren’t able to find their shadows on Monday, signalling spring is just around the corner.

The annual Groundhog Day traditions took place at Cabela’s on Sterling Lyon Parkway and Oak Hammock Marsh, respectively. However, Manitoba Merv is only a puppet, so the real story is whether his handler saw his/her own shadow.

“A wonderful prediction from Winnipeg Willow! Her very active winter behaviour predicts an early spring despite the cloudy weather,” the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre said on Facebook.

But it sure won’t feel like spring today, with Environment Canada forecasting a high of -17°C.

Manitoba Merv Predicts an Early Spring

Manitoba Merv
Manitoba Merv is predicting an early spring this year. (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s unofficial groundhog came out of his burrow on Sunday, looked around briefly, but wasn’t able to see his shadow.

Manitoba Merv made his annual appearance bright and early at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

In spite of a cold and snowy winter, Manitobans will have an early spring this year, according to the groundhog.

“As Merv hurried back to his den he assured us that spring will come sooner rather than later and he expects the geese to officially mark the arrival of spring,” Jacques Bourgeois of Oak Hammock Marsh said.

Sunday also marks World Wetlands Day at the Marsh — a celebration of the importance of wetlands around the world.

Winnipeg Willow, the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’s groundhog, also predicted we’re in store for an early spring.

Merv: Manitoba Will See Another Six Weeks of Winter

Manitoba Merv
Manitoba Merv makes his Groundhog Day prediction at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. (HANDOUT)

Manitoba Merv poked his head out of his den on Saturday to predict the province will see another six more weeks of winter.

The 20th annual prediction was made at Oak Hammock Marsh just as the sun rose. Merv looked around briefly, saw his faint shadow and retreated back inside.

“As Merv returned to his den, he assured us that spring will eventually come and he expects the geese to officially mark the arrival of spring,” said Jacques Bourgeois of Oak Hammock Marsh.

The groundhog-like puppet is used to make the prediction as real groundhogs hibernate during the winter months in Manitoba.

Groundhog Day Prediction Being Made by ‘Winnipeg Willow’

Groundhog Day Prediction Being Made by ‘Winnipeg Willow’

Winnipeg Willow
Winnipeg Willow (PRAIRIE WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE)

Will Manitoba see six more weeks of winter or are we in for an early spring?

“Winnipeg Willow” will visit Mountain Equipment Co-op (303 Portage Avenue) on Saturday for Groundhog Day. Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will bring Willow to make her annual prediction, along with an American Kestrel.

Several Groundhog Day activities will be available for children as they meet this local furry celebrity.

The free festivities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Praire Wildlife will be back on Sunday, February 3, from noon to 4 p.m. with a burrowing owl and peregrine falcon.

Last year, Willow predicted winter would last for another six weeks, while the province’s other groundhog, Manitoba Merv, said an early spring was on the way.

Groundhog Manitoba Merv Calls for an Early Spring

Manitoba Merv pops his head out to predict an early spring. (OAK HAMMOCK MARSH)

In what may seem like a gifted winter with these mild temperatures lately, it’s about to get a whole lot better.

Manitoba Merv — the province’s unofficial groundhog — didn’t see his shadow Thursday morning at Oak Hammock Marsh just north of Winnipeg. That means we’re in store for an early spring.

“He looked and looked and looked some more but no shadow was seen,” the Marsh said.

However, Willow the Woodchuck at The Forks called for six more weeks of winter after making her prediction shortly after 8 a.m.

In the U.S., Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania also predicted winter will stick around a while longer, but the decision didn’t come without controversy. People started booing Phil, as the only lights present were from TV cameras.

Manitoba Merv Sees His Shadow, Predicts Longer Winter

Manitoba Merv saw his own shadow on Wednesday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. (OAK HAMMOCK MARSH)

Don’t get ready to put away those shovels just yet, we’ve got six more weeks of winter to deal with.

Manitoba Merv peaked out of his hole Wednesday morning and looked around briefly. After spotting his own shadow, he retreated back to his warm den.

The groundhog made his annual prediction at Oak Hammock Marsh just north of Winnipeg.

The prediction aligns with what forecasters have been telling us about for weeks — expect a longer winter on the Prairies this year thanks to La Niña.