The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center's mission is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center - Asheville's Wildlife Park.

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This season’s Animal Spotlight belongs to none other than…the groundhog! 

Groundhogs (scientific name Marmota monax) are members of the rodent family Sciuridae, which means that they are closely related to squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, and even flying squirrels.

Groundhogs have several different common names depending on the region, and the most well known are “woodchucks” and “whistle-pigs.” Groundhogs are vastly different from pigs, but they do whistle! They make a high-pitched whistling sound to warn their colonies of danger, which allows fellow groundhogs to run for cover.

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