They scurry, scamper, stuff their cheeks, and they are cute. When they can stuff no more, they bury. If you’re nuts about squirrels, you’ll be particularly observant on January 21, Squirrel Appreciation Day. The brainchild of this special day is wildlife rehabilitator, Christy Hargrove.
Roughly 300 different species clad in coats of gray, black, brown and red circle the globe. Gaining access to food can be challenging but their tightrope walks along power lines and acrobatics in tree branches provide delightful entertainment.
Squirrels are known to be mischievous troublemakers but this reputation only heightens their cute factor. In 2012, when they decided to shelter inside a substation, a transformer was blown causing 3000 Virginia residents to go dark. In 1987 and 1994, their indiscriminate munching on power lines caused NASDAQ shutdowns.
Squirrels’ food supplies dwindle in mid-January. So visit a park with bags of peanuts and popcorn in tow. You can also slather pine cones with peanut butter, roll them in sunflower seeds and place the treats along porch railings and branches for their discovery and enjoyment.
They get bad raps when they ransack attics and raid bird feeders, but they are only trying to survive. So in exchange for their amusing escapades and entertainment, celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day by offering them food and compassion.