Founded by Christy Hargrove in 2001, Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed annually on January 21. 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.”
Red, grey or even black, what’s your favourite colour of squirrel? Squirrel Appreciation Day reminds us to enjoy these nut-burying, scampering animals respectfully and with consideration. Why not visit your local park and spot some squirrels?
10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels from the National Wildlife Federation
1. SQUIRRELS CAN FIND FOOD BURIED BENEATH A FOOT OF SNOW.
2. A SQUIRREL’S FRONT TEETH NEVER STOP GROWING.
3. SQUIRRELS MAY LOSE 25% OF THEIR BURIED FOOD TO THIEVES.
4. THEY ZIGZAG TO ESCAPE PREDATORS.
5. SQUIRRELS MAY PRETEND TO BURY A NUT TO THROW OFF POTENTIAL THIEVES.
6. A NEWBORN SQUIRREL IS ABOUT AN INCH LONG.
7. HUMANS INTRODUCED SQUIRRELS TO MOST OF OUR MAJOR CITY PARKS.
8. SQUIRRELS ARE ACROBATIC, INTELLIGENT AND ADAPTABLE.
9. THEY GET BULKY TO STAY WARM DURING THE WINTER.
10. SQUIRRELS DON’T DIG UP ALL OF THEIR BURIED NUTS, WHICH RESULTS IN MORE TREES!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #SquirrelAppreciationDay to post on social media.
And…since it’s also National Hugging Day and National Granola Bar Day – give a squirrel a hug…and a granola bar!