National Squirrel Appreciation Day
Today is National Squirrel Awareness Month!
We know it sounds like a silly holiday to celebrate, but squirrels are really cool little critters! Here are a few fun facts:
- When squirrels are born, they are only an inch long, that's the same size as a inchworm!
- Squirrels can find their food stash buried under a lot of snow! Their noses might not be as good as dogs, that's one impressive schnoz!
- Squirrels are like animal acrobats! They are excellent climbers and tightrope walkers. Don't believe us? Watch a squirrel eat food out of a bird feeder!
- Squirrels save a lot of their food for winter time when they go into hibernation. Many other animals hibernate like raccoons and bears!
One of our favorite squirrel characters is Scaredy Squirrel! The series of books are written and illustrated by Melanie Watt. Scaredy Orville Squirrel was born on October 3rd, which is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! According to his website, Scaredy likes plans and safety and dislikes danger, germs, and so many other things. Yes, just like his name, Scaredy is afraid of a lot of things, even leaving his tree, but sometimes you have to leap into the unknown! Find out more about the book series here.
Scaredy Squirrel loves to read, here are a few safety tips:
Love squirrels? Love books about squirrels? Some other great books to check out are Bear and Squirrel Are Friends...Yes, Really! by Deb Pilutti, The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri, and Aw, Nuts by Rob McClurkan.
If you want to celebrate squirrels today (and everyday) you can leave out a favorite treat of corn and sunflower seeds. You can learn how to make a squirrel feeder so they won't eat seeds from your bird feeder. Another wonderful way to help squirrels find a home (and to help the environment) is to plant a tree in your yard!
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