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Jim Justice, Governor
Robert A. Fala, Director

News Release: January 27, 2017


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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Tyler Evans, Wildlife Resources Section 304-924-6211 Tyler.S.Evans@wv.gov

Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center Feb. 2

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources invites both residents and visitors alike to visit the West Virginia State Wildlife Center on Feb. 2 to celebrate Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie.

"In addition to receiving what we hope will be a favorable forecast from Freddie, we are excited to welcome our visitors, including those who will travel quite a distance to visit the Wildlife Center on this special day," said Tyler Evans, wildlife biologist at the Wildlife Center.

Groundhog Day festivities, all free of charge, will begin at the amphitheater at approximately 9:30 a.m. The headliner of the day, French Creek Freddie, will emerge from his den at 10 a.m.

The Wildlife Center will also host its fourth annual "Woodchuckin' Contest" starting at 10:30 a.m. Guests can visit the gift shop for free hot chocolate and cookies. Activity sheets will be available for children to take home. Guests are also invited to tour the 325-acre facility.

Approximately 25 species of wildlife can be viewed along a 1.25-mile interpretive trail that runs through a mature hardwood forest.

The State Wildlife Center is located in north-central West Virginia, 12 miles south of Buckhannon on State Route 20. From the north, take exit 99 off Interstate 79 and follow State Route 33 approximately 12 miles east to Buckhannon and turn south on State Route 20. Coming from the south, take exit 67 off Interstate 79 at Flatwoods and follow State Routes 19 and 4 approximately 30 miles north to Rock Cave and Route 20. From Rock Cave, follow State Route 20 north for two miles to the Wildlife Center.

For more information, call 304-924-6211 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit online at www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/wildlifecenter.shtm.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. French Creek Freddie will emerge from his warm bed at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center Feb. 2 to predict the weather for the next six weeks.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. French Creek Freddie will emerge from his warm bed at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center Feb. 2 to predict the weather for the next six weeks.