Michonne: Basic Marmots   Leave a comment

A new friend asked a great question: “What is a marmot?” I never realized that not everyone knows what a marmot is, or what marmots do, or where marmots live. Some have never even seen a marmot. Well everyone should see a marmot, at least once. It should be a requirement!!

Marmots live in many different places, but always where the weather is cool (at least part of the year), and there are fresh plants to eat. We like cold weather, but if it gets too cold we go into our underground burrow homes and sleep until it warms, or until we need to find a snack. And it’s not easy to find snacks in the cold time, usually we end up chewing on an old stick. The ECOVIA men say sleeping during the cold time is called hibernation, but to us it’s just taking a nap and keeping warm and comfortable. I don’t want you to think Marmots are lazy, but sometimes when the sun is high in the sky for long days, and water is hard to find we go underground and sleep during the hot days, too. That is called estivation. That’s another strange word. I don’t know where the men get these words. I think they make them up.

I said marmots live in different places, but there are also different types of marmots! We say each of these different types are like a different family – all of us are marmots, but we each have our own places to live and our own families to be with. Some of these marmots are very small, not much larger than a small rabbit. Some like to live near meadows, others live in rocky areas. Some have dark fur, and others….well let’s just say that my family is called Yellow-Bellied Marmots. I don’t like that name. Dandilions are yellow (and tasty!). Buttercup flowers are yellow (and tasty!). I think our color is more like dry grass (not so tasty). But Dry-Grass Marmots doesn’t sound all that pretty either.

Marmota vancouverensis

Deep in thought.

I could talk about marmots all day, but I’ll save more for later. But something to remember now, is that even though there are many marmots in the world, some types have difficult lives and changes to their homes have made it hard to live. The Vancouver Island Marmot is in danger of going away forever. Some men who care are trying to help, but there are so few of the Vancouver family they might not be able to stay in our world. You can learn all about the Vancouver Marmots at: http://www.marmots.org
This a great site with information and activities and photos and you can even hear Marmots talk! Of course, I don’t think you can understand them like you can understand me. They have a Canadian accent.

Wishing you sweet flowers and warm days,
Michonne

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