Oh my goodness – in my excitement about honoring fancy mice and rats, I missed a celebration!!! This is a special evening edition specifically to honor Squirrels! Yes, today is also Squirrel Appreciation Day!
Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to really enjoy our little tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. This celebration is held in mid winter when the squirrels food sources are scarce. It’s true that squirrels spend all fall gathering and hiding their food away, but they may just not have enough, and the variety they are able to gather is limited. A great thing to do today is give them an extra special treat to brighten up their winter, and supplement their winter diets.
Not everyone is fond of squirrels. They are fun to watch running around the yard, and up and down the trees, but they get aggressive at bird feeders, and have been known to tip them over and spill the seeds in search of the ones they want. In the fall they have even been seen attacking the pumpkins on people’s front porches trying to get the seeds from inside them! Sometimes they dig up flower bulbs out of gardens, and may eat some of the fresh veggies growing in our garden plots. When you look at it from that perspective, perhaps mid winter is the best time to appreciate the squirrels! They provide more entertainment, and less frustration this time of year.
We had these little squirrels who would run back and forth in our yard a couple years ago – we’d put out corn cobs for them to nibble on. I haven’t seen them for some time though – it’s a little sad not to see them out there. Not sure where they went, but I hope wherever it is, they have plenty to munch on from their foraging this past fall. Sleep well, and God keep you! I’ll see you in the morning.