Mojave Maxine (source: BLM)

Forget about Punxsutawney Phil, when Mojave Maxine comes out of her burrow Spring will soon arrive.  She is currently in her burrow at the Living Desert in Palm Desert, California.  She started her brumination which is similar to hibernation in the fall of 2011.   Maxine has been hosting the annual Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest since the year 2000.  Students from many areas of Nevada, California and Utah can enter this contest to win prizes for themselves, their class and their teacher, by guessing the date and exact time that Maxine emerges.  If I were to guess the accuracy of when spring comes to the desert, the contest between Mojave Maxine and Punxsutawney Phil is an easy bet.  I bet on Maxine to be more accurate.

If you want to see the dates that Maxine has emerged in the past six years, read the list below:

2006 February 9
2007 February 15
2008 February 10
2009 February 24 1:52 p.m.
2010 February 13 2:30 p.m.
2011 February 19 11:37 a.m.


To find out more about Mojave Maxine, the yearly contest and more information about the desert tortoise, check out these websites:

Take It Easy – Mojave