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Squirrel Appreciation Day
No, we’re not kidding. There really is a National Squirrel Appreciation Day started on January 21 2001 . Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. It’s held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife. The average adult squirrel needs about a pound of food per week. Sure, squirrels spent all fall gathering and “squirreling ” away food. But, their supplies may not be enough. #SquirrelAppreciationDay
And, the variety of food is limited. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets. Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed annually on January 21. 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.”
It is a great time to take a few moments and learn about these nutty animals. Squirrels are found almost everywhere on Earth. They are native to Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and have been introduced to Australia. If you count flying squirrels we have 10 tree species in North America. Squirrels are fascinating animals to watch. How many times have you just look out your window and see a squirrel on a fence, climbing a tree or running across the yard. Squirrels can range anywhere from a few inches to a few feet long. The smallest known squirrel species, the African pygmy squirrel, are on average only about 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) long. The largest squirrels, the Indian giant squirrel, can be as long as is 3 feet (1 meter). So have you learned something today about these cute little critters? How much do you enjoy watching them?