January 21, 2011

Squirrel Appreciation Day

It's like Christmas, only a little bit different.

No matter how you feel about squirrels, they are remarkable creatures. These small mammals are some of the most successfully adapted animals to both fragmented habitat and urban living.

While many may see them as vexing pests that consume vast quantities of bird food and scavenge ridiculous things for nesting materials, take Jan. 21 to look at them in a new light -- as a reminder of the wildlife around us. I personally love the little guys and helped raise four orphaned babies over several weeks one summer.

In case you were wondering: Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina.

Do while all the squirrels in the world are probably hibernating. Tip your caps to them today!


  1. I don't think squirrels hibernate...

  2. Actually they do. Squirrels hibernate for 2-3 days at a time, then come out, eat some of the nuts they hid, and repeat.