Botanical Bill & the Hunt for the Perfect Burrow

Julie McCaffrey —  November 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

When last we saw Botanical Bill, our resident groundhog mascot, he was having a big adventure right before Groundhog Day. Since then, Botanical Bill has had a great summer—he spent it with his Marmota monax family in a burrow at the edge of McDonald Woods. 

Groundhogs (also called woodchucks) usually hibernate from October to March, but Botanical Bill is getting a late start this year, since the mild autumn weather lasted so long. Now he’s got the urge to hibernate—and to look for a winter burrow in which to enjoy a nice long nap.

Turns out it’s not so easy to find a place that’s just right…

PHOTO: Botanical Bill puppet at a large tree trunk.

This looked promising, but it’s just too big.

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill at a small tree opening.

Nope, too small

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill in a tree.

Too high

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill looking over edge of a trunk.

Too open

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill looking at a rotted trunk.

Too shallow

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill in a tight spot.

Too tiiight!

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill wedged in a tree cross section.

Botanical Bill’s idea of whistle pig heaven…

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill looking into a tree trunk's hole.

Botanical Bill is reminded of the front door of his burrow…

 

PHOTO: Botanical Bill "yawning."

Yawwwnnnn…feeling ready to hibernate. Maybe he’ll just head back to the burrow.

Home, sweet home! C U Feb. 2!


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Julie McCaffrey is media relations manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden and is responsible for promoting the Garden's programs and events through traditional and social media. Julie holds a B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University and an M.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

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