Appreciate a Squirrel Today!

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Today is a day to appreciate those pesky little animals that are constantly stealing your bird food. That’s right, it’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Though it’s hard to imagine showing your appreciation for something you consider a pest, perhaps a little “Squirrely Trivia” will help you with that perspective.

You may be surprised to know that squirrels are responsible for many of the trees we have in our surrounding forests. How you ask? Squirrels bury their nuts in the ground but unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us, they lose many of them. So thanks to squirrels, our forests stay full!

Did you know humans actually introduced squirrels to many of our major cities? It’s true! Before the nineteenth century, squirrels didn’t exist in cities. It wasn’t until someone had the bright idea to add “natural charm” and greenery to our urban areas along with a movement for parks in cities. Finally, squirrels were brought to our metropolitan areas and stole the hearts of all city dwellers!

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Despite what you may believe, squirrels are extremely intelligent. Squirrels have been known to pretend to bury their food in order to mislead any “thief” that may be watching them. Once the spectator is distracted by the fake burial, the squirrel will hide the real supply in a new location away from the potential thief.

Squirrels are one of the more trusting wild animals in our region. A squirrel will approach you and beg for food without even being spooked. They will eat right out of your hand if you let them!

Even though you may have negative feelings about squirrels, you have to admit they are pretty thrifty animals and actually contribute to our society in many ways. So appreciate a squirrel today in honor of National Squirrel Appreciation Day!