Your not-so-friendly, neighborhood woodchuck

Why woodchucks? I like woodchucks. Woodchucks get a raw deal. We build on top of their houses (without their permission, I might add), and then we remove the woodchucks because their houses happen to have holes. We plant a woodchuck's favorite foods in their backyard and then shoot them when they try to eat it. This is not civil behavior.

This is a page to honor woodchucks. Thankfully, they have their own holiday which, in my church, is known as The Feast of St. Chuck. You can click here to view St. Chuck himself, Punxsatawney Phil, who graciously predicts the weather for America every February 2. You can also visit his website at Now you know what woodchucks do down in their holes. They build websites. You can find out more about the nature and habits of woodchucks by clicking here.

For some theological reflection about woodchucks and other creatures we like to call "pests," you can read my article "On Pests, Predators, and Stewardship" published by Zion's Herald magazine. That article will tell you of my early history with woodchucks, and you can click here to read about what happened when the Trustees of St. John's United Methodist Church tried to remove the woodchucks from church property.

As we say on the Feast of St. Chuck, "Viva la Rodent!"