They’re cute. They scurry, scamper and stuff their cheeks. 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.
Around the globe, there is roughly 300 different species clad in coats of gray, black, brown and red. 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 only tends to heighten their cute factor.
A transformer was blown in 2012, causing 3000 Virginia residents to go dark, when they decided to shelter inside a substation. Their indiscriminate munching on power lines caused NASDAQ shutdowns in 1987 and 1994.
In mid-January their food supply dwindles. Visit a park or nature preserve with bags of peanuts and popcorn in tow. Alternately, you can slather pine cones with peanut butter, roll them in sunflower seeds and place the treats along porch railings and branches for squirrels to discover and enjoy.
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.