Squirrel Appreciation Day

On the authority of nationalcalendarday.com, January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation day and it, “recognizes a critter some consider a pest and others see as just fascinating. The creator, Christy Hargrove, is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina and is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center. ” According to Christy, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group — anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels to learning something new about the species.””

Did you know there are more than 200 species of squirrels that live all over the world?

Let’s look at a few…

Ground squirrels, which go by the names, rock squirrel, California ground, and thirteen-lined ground squirrel. People think of them as rodents because of the damage they cause.

Tree squirrels are possibly the most widely known. They are the familiar backyard inhabitants that feast on nuts and seeds from many birdfeeders. They live in the city and the country. The city dwellers seem to be tamer and have been known to eat tasty morsels from the hands of willing participants. Some people refer to them as pesky and others think they are cute and encourage their presence by feeding them.

The third type of squirrel is the flying squirrel. They can’t actually fly, rather glide. They have little flaps of skin between their legs. When they jump they spread their legs and glide to their destination with much grace giving the illusion of flight.

So, let’s all take a moment to appreciate, learn about, or feed these little critters today! What else do we have to do on a cold wintry January day?

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