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Gov. Healey To join Ms. G for Groundhog Day event February 2 at Drumlin Farm

Press Release
February 01, 2023

LINCOLN, MA—Governor Maura Healey will join Ms. G when the Official Groundhog of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts returns to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln for Groundhog Day on Thursday, February 2, and makes her annual prognostication on how much more winter we can expect. 

According to folklore, if Ms. G sees her shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, we can look forward to an early spring. 

Once Ms. G makes her (always accurate) prediction and is escorted back to her burrow, participants will be encouraged to enjoy other event-related programs, from making groundhog crafts to meeting live animal ambassadors and learning how they adapt to winter as the climate changes.

Ms. G will make her appearance at 10 am, with Mass Audubon President David J. O’Neill and Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, a leading voice for climate change and renewable energy on Beacon Hill, welcoming the Governor and attendees. 

The popular Drumlin Farm event typically attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd, with families and children especially eager to watch Ms. G emerge from hibernation and explore her special enclosure, which includes groundhog treats like fresh veggies.  

O’Neill noted that “the impacts of climate change and loss of biodiversity in New England are already clear. They can only strengthen our resolve to find policy- and nature-based solutions to the major environmental challenges of our times.

“Groundhog Day at Mass Audubon is a way for families to engage with a serious issue in a positive way. Together, we focus on the meaningful actions we can all take to help meet this challenge,” he added. “As the Commonwealth’s most prominent wildlife ambassador, Ms. G represents the wildlife and habitats of Massachusetts we will protect by working together.”

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.

Media Contact:

Michael P. O'Connor

Drumlin Farm
Climate Change