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Manitoba Merv, Winnipeg Wyn Make Groundhog Day Predictions

Manitoba Merv, Winnipeg Wyn Make Groundhog Day Predictions

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

WINNIPEG — Manitobans are in for an early spring according to one stuffed rodent. Or six more weeks of winter, depending on your source.

Manitoba Merv popped out of his den Friday to make his Groundhog Day prediction at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. He looked around briefly, but failed to see his shadow.

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Manitoba Merv Calls for Six More Weeks of Winter

Manitoba Merv Calls for Six More Weeks of Winter

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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