We had to break our hiatus for a little celebration…
Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!
Thank you for following our squirrel stories on The Squirrel Nutwork and, out in the real world, enjoying the antics of 200 species of squirrels everywhere!
However, we squirrels aren’t naive enough to believe all humans love us. Some become very angry when we help ourselves to the food you put out for other wildlife, or take the opportunity to widen a hole in your house to provide a safe place to rear our kits.
Maybe some of you can explain that we are all sharing space in a world where wild places are getting harder to find, and acorns aren’t falling from every tree. (What are some of those species that do nothing but look pretty?)
For today, let’s celebrate that Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from Asheville, North Carolina, cared enough about squirrels to create a day to honor us! Thank you, Christy!
It’s late in the day and snowing, our first snowfall of the season here in northern Virginia.
The overcast day reminds us squirrels of how we like to sleep more in the winter, stay holed up in our leaf nests and only run around enough to dig a few acorns. So that’s what we’ll be doing the next few months. We might pop in if something excites us, but we’re pretty much putting the blog to bed like we do each winter.
We’ve had a lot of rain recently–and are swishing our tails in happiness that this hasn’t been a terribly dry summer. And the bonus is surprise snacks:
Yep, Hickory and I are coming across mushrooms everywhere. And some we are eating.
Can you eat them?
No. A squirrel’s digestive system is far different than our human readers’, so we caution against eating what we do. And we aren’t even going to attempt to identify mushrooms…because we aren’t good at it.
And P.S.: Hickory says to tell our regular readers he can’t do the mystery again this Sunday. Sorry!
Hickory and I are closing the blog for the winter a bit earlier than last year–see our 2015 post here. We love our readers and sharing our suburban nature findings with you, but the cold weather makes us want to burrow into our leaf nests and take a break. So we do!
This is our fourth winter closing the blog. Using our sidebar menus, you can look up other posts and our thoughts about certain plants and wildlife. Or if you like our Sunday mysteries, search the title “What is it?” to test your nature skills. Our archives are still open.
Have a safe, warm and productive winter. We squirrel will see you in the spring!