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Hoping for Spring

2012-02-03 03:36:24 GMT2012-02-03 11:36:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Some may not know, but the monarch butterfly is a hibernator as well. The origin of Danaus plexippus, known as the monarch butterfly, is in the American Tropics, almost 2 million years ago. Each autumn, after a 4,500 kilometer voyage, the majestic monarch butterfly arrives at its wintering grounds in Mexico to hibernate in the pine, oak, fir and mixed forests, high in the mountains.

A cousin of the groundhog in the marmot family, the alpine marmot exist in the Alps, and many of their populations have been reduced in size or have been divided into small subpopulations.

Like the groundhog, the black footed ferret lives in the ground. It is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. Once believed extinct, in 1981 a small population was discovered in Meeteetse, Wyoming.

Some may not know, but the monarch butterfly is a hibernator as well. The origin of Danaus plexippus, known as the monarch butterfly, is in the American Tropics, almost 2 million years ago. Each autumn, after a 4,500 kilometer voyage, the majestic monarch butterfly arrives at its wintering grounds in Mexico to hibernate in the pine, oak, fir and mixed forests, high in the mountains.

Some may not know, but the monarch butterfly is a hibernator as well. The origin of Danaus plexippus, known as the monarch butterfly, is in the American Tropics, almost 2 million years ago. Each autumn, after a 4,500 kilometer voyage, the majestic monarch butterfly arrives at its wintering grounds in Mexico to hibernate in the pine, oak, fir and mixed forests, high in the mountains.

The prairie dog is a burrower, often sharing their burrows with burrowing owls, toads, salamanders and even rattlesnakes. The prairie dog's crucial role in the prairie ecosystem is almost extinct, and species that depend on it, such as the black-footed ferret, are in decline.

A cousin of the groundhog in the marmot family, the alpine marmot exist in the Alps, and many of their populations have been reduced in size or have been divided into small subpopulations.

Happy Groundhog Day! Are we in for a longer winter or early Spring? Who knows? But groundhogs aren’t the only animals roaming our Earth that can’t wait for Spring. World Wildlife Fund has compiled a list of threatened animals that burrow, hibernate, or wander the same North American landscape as groundhogs.

(Agencies)

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