Sam-Cam now online ahead of Groundhog Day

Published on January 20, 2014
Celebrations are already underway as Shubenacadie Sam enters his 25th year of predicting whether we are in for an early spring or six six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2.

SHUBENACADIE – Those wishing to catch of glimpse of Shubenacadie Sam before he predicts the end of winter can now do so online.

The Sam-Cam, an Internet-based camera to catch Sam’s every move, launched Monday at 10 a.m.

“Last year was huge for Sam,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill in a press release. “He had a capacity crowd outside his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and the Sam-Cam was one of the most-watched webcams in the world that week.”

While Feb. 2 is the official Groundhog Day, fans around the world can check in on Sam at http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/samcam. The best times are 8 and

11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., when he is fed and interacts with park staff.

People can also follow Sam on twitter @ShubenacadieSam, keep up-to-date with wildlife park activities at http://wildlifepark.gov.ns.ca and ‘like’ the park on Facebook.

Groundhogs and little brown bats are the only two animals in Nova Scotia that truly hibernate. During the winter, Sam's body temperature can drop to about 4C and his breathing becomes very shallow. They hibernate because there is not much, if any, green plant life around to eat.