Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day on Jan. 21
Time to tip your hat to one of North America's most ubiquitous mammals.
No matter how you feel about squirrels, they are remarkable creatures. These small mammals are some of the most successfully adapted animals to both fragmented habitat and urban living.
While many may see them as vexing pests that consume vast quantities of bird food and scavenge ridiculous things for nesting materials, take Jan. 21 to look at them in a new light -- as a reminder of the wildlife around us. I personally love the little guys and helped raise four orphaned babies over several weeks one summer.
In case you were wondering: Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina.
How can you celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day?
- If you have small children, play a game of squirrelly seek with them.
- Share your squirrel sightings with NWF's Wildlife Watch.
- Learn the facts about squirrels:
- There are more than 300 species of squirrel.
- Different types of squirrels range in size from five inches (the African pygmy squirrel) to three feet (Indian giant squirrel).
- The word "squirrel" comes from the Greek word skiouros, which means shadow-tailed.
- Squirrels have brought down the NASDAQ stock market twice, once in 1987 and once in 1994.
And, from National Wildlife Magazine, here's practical advice for managing squirrels in your backyard: Tired of Squirrels Raiding Your Bird Feeders? Here Are Ten Ways to Outwit Them.
Whether you loathe them or adore them, take Thursday to appreciate them.
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