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Squirrel Appreciation Day?


Yes, that's right! Tomorrow is National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

As my regular readers know, I'm rather fond of these funny, furry little critters. In any given month, you can find at least one squirrel picture here at my blog. (In fact, before I started this post I sifted through my wildlife archives looking for squirrel pictures - and I must say, there's a somewhat embarrassing amount of posts dedicated to our frequent squirrel encounters!)

Now, I realize not everyone appreciates squirrels as I do, but this would be a fun holiday to celebrate with your kids. Children generally find squirrels amusing - and as The National Wildlife Federation says in this article, these are the mammals "kids see most often in the wild."

So how does one go about celebrating a squirrel appreciation day? Well there are plenty of ideas in the two articles I linked above ... but here are a few of my own:

  • Do a squirrel count. Have the kids keep a tally of how many squirrels they see (at home or out and about) through the day. See who can spot the most!
  • Look for squirrel tracks in the snow. (Check a field guide for confirmation.)
  • Look for squirrel dreys in the bare trees. They're easy to spot at this time of year.
  • Fill your tray feeders with seeds, nuts and cracked corn. Or just toss it on the ground - squirrels aren't picky!
  • Throw out your breakfast toast crusts, dry cereal and cracker crumbs.
  • If you have very young children, it would be fun to make pretend squirrel nests - use bits of clean laundry, towels or small blankets, etc. Let them create their "dreys" in a cozy corner of the couch. All kinds of imaginative play can come from this!
  • Kick off a Squirrel Nutkin: Wintertime Nature Study. There are a lot more ideas and book suggestions in that post from 2009.

Now, if you happen to have a squirrel story to share, I would love to hear it! Even just a report of what kind of squirrels you see in your area - common grays, little reds, the elusive black or even an albino white. Any squirrel news at all - we'd love to hear it, so if you're so inclined, please drop me a note in the comments box below. :)

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a peek at my current screensaver:


He makes me smile each and every time I log on. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today ... I hope you've all had a nice Thursday. I will see you again very soon ...