6 Ways to Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day

01/20/2012

Squirrel peanuts exfordy FLICKRBet you didn't know that Saturday, January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day. I didn't.  But I love the idea.

Squirrel Appreciation Day was started back in 2001 by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina, who is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  She picked mid-winter for the holiday because food is scarce for our furry and fluffy-tailed squirrel friends.

You can celebrate in all sorts of ways.  Here are my top six recommendations. 

  1. Tune into the NPR tomorrow (Jan 21, 2012) at noon to hear my interview on The Animal House show.  I guarantee you'll learn something new about squirrels that you didn't know before.
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  3. You can submit your yard or garden to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.  You just have to provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young.  You're probably already providing the basics and don't even know it.
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  5. Place an online order for in-shell hazelnuts on Nuts.com and they'll donate $1 to the Squirrel Refuge Organization, a nonprofit that is "dedicated to making the world a better place for squirrels, one at a time."  That's a win-win for everyone!
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  7. Get the kids involved. Head outside for a family Wildlife Watch and see how many squirrels you can count. Here's an activity sheet to help you out, as well as a fun game that will teach kids about squirrel behavior.
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  9. Buy my book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife. Squirrels count as "other backyard wildlife" and I have a whole section dedicated to the best ways to feed them and how to keep them out of your bird feeders.  You can get a signed copy here.
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  11. Watch this video from Animal Planet's Backyard Habitat series (co hosted by yours truly) on how to create a squirrel house:
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Photo by exfordy via Flickr Creative Commons.


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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