ALTON — The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau has enlisted the help of the TreeHouse Wildlife Center’s permanent resident groundhog, Murray, to help forecast the region’s spring tourism season.
An informal meet and greet with Murray, TreeHouse officials and local mayors will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, on the steps of the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St.
Expected to be in attendance are Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick and Elsah Mayor Pro Tem Marjorie Doerr. Other regional mayors have been invited.
“The CVB is constantly teased about our inability to forecast the weather,” said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. “So we thought we would try to get our information first-hand from a more informed source … Murray the Groundhog.”