Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

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!

Acorns for all!

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Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Apologies to those who logged on looking for Motionless Monday. I talked to Nutmeg, who talked to Miz Flora and then Ol’ Wally and we all agreed we could skip today’s regular column in favor of a once-a-year feature:

 Today we celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Who knew, but it falls every January 21st. Go ahead, be nice to a squirrel today. Serve acorns all around! Or if you can’t gather enough for your squirrely friends, mixed nuts are appreciated all the same. Peanuts will do in a pinch.

Of course, we feel everyday here on The Squirrel Nutwork is Squirrel Appreciation Day! But apparently the day regularly makes the news:

This National Wildlife Federation article has the day’s origins and fun squirrel information, including squirrels in the news!

The Mother Nature Network lists 21 fun facts for the 21st, followed by video clips of squirrels, er, feeding.

Last but not least, here is last year’s Washington Post article, wishing readers “Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day. May you find yourself surrounded by nuts.”

Hmm. He says this as if it’s a bad thing.

Oh well. Our way of honoring the day is to show you the cutest photos of the next generation of Eastern Gray Squirrels sent to us by a regular follower. She doesn’t want to be named, but thank you, N!

young Eastern Gray Squirrels

Young Eastern Gray Squirrels

Young Eastern Gray Squirrels