Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jan 21 - Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Mom loves unusual holidays and this one is so unique cuz the bean who started it lives near us! Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina started Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. Christy is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina, and is is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. It's held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife. Sure, squirrels spent all fall gathering and "squirreling " away food. But, their supplies may not be enough. And, the variety of food is limited. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets.

This is a white albino squirrel found in several places in the mountains here. Read more about them on Mom's other blog.

We have to agree not everyone likes squirrels. While they are fun to watch they can mess up our bird feeders. Squirrels tip almost any bird feeder and spill the seeds in search of the particular seeds they want. In the fall, they attack pumpkins on front porches in search of the seeds inside. For gardeners they dig up and steal flower bulbs, and may eat some of the veggies in your garden.

Two Spot is busy watching the squirrels outside - wishing them Happy Squirrel Day!

When you think about it, mid winter is the best time to appreciate squirrels. In the winter they provide a little entertainment. We love to sit and watch them try to figure out how to get at the feeders. The rest of the year we can try to keep them away from all the feeders and delicious garden foods. So be nice to your squirrels today!

Snowball keeping an eye out for the white squirrel!

Info from Holiday Insights!


Brian's Home Blog said...

I did not know that was a holiday...I just love my squirrels, we have a backyard full of them!

Anonymous said...

What a cute holiday and we never seen a white squirrel before! When we moved to PA 2.5 years ago, we saw red squirrels for the first time. They really little, cute too!

We love Luna said...

Mommy here is enchanted by these pictures.Cute!!
I've never seen a squirrel face to face,only in pictures, I think they are adorable!
purrs and love

The Island Cats said...

We didn't know squirrels had their own holiday!! We'd like to appreciate a few of them, if you know what we mean! ;-)

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Hello, calling by to say thanks for visiting and mum got your email. I just love this post. When mum and dad go ut they see squillels a lot and mum never tires of getting photo's, she loves them.. Hugs GJ x

Hoshi said...

I love squirrels!! They looks so tasty :)

Lisa Kolosey said...

We love squirrels too! Only we can't say that word outloud (we say tree rodent instead) or the woofies will starting barking up a storm and looking out the window. Up in Maine we have small red ones and sometimes huge gray ones. We put special feeders out just for them since we have fancy bird feeders that keep rodents out.
Happy Tree Rodent (Squirrel) Day!
~Lisa Co9T

Ellen Whyte said...

Oooh yummy! Erm, we meant "cute"!

SeaThreePeeO said...

Where we've moved to we don't get to see a lot of squirrels. But at our old house there were loads and people would always leave food out for them.

meowmeowmans said...

What an interesting post ... we never knew there was a holiday for squirrels. We love them, and enjoy watching their antics! :)

Catherine said...

Squirrels are so cute to watch with their little bushy tails. I did not realize that January 21 was Squirrel Appreciation Day ~ I will make sure to celebrate it next year! :)

Martha said...

We appreciate (and feed) our squirrels every day. They are visual entertainment for the dog, cat and humans. I love to watch them eat the peanuts I provide!



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