What is National Squirrel Day?
Did you know that January 15th is National Squirrel Appreciation Day? This day is intended to raise awareness about the importance of squirrels in the environment and to encourage people to be more friendly towards them. Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator, founded the holiday in 2001. Read on to find out more about it. Founded by Hargrove, the holiday was a great way to show respect for the role that squirrels play in our environment.
Christy Hargrove started National Squirrel Appreciation Day in 2001
In 2001, wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina, launched National Squirrel Appreciation day in an effort to help save the species. The day’s message is that squirrels are a wonderful and useful part of the ecosystem, and we should celebrate them on April 29. In fact, there are 365 species of squirrel in the United States, which means that one squirrel lives in each day of the year.
Christy Hargrove was inspired to create this day to honor all types of squirrels, not just the ones that live in urban areas. After all, these little animals are as beautiful as any animal in the world. However, their presence is not without its downsides. In Atlanta, a squirrel set off a security alarm, while in Columbus, a squirrel became stuck in a news station vehicle’s bumper.
It is observed on January 15
Squirrels are an important part of the ecosystem. They help plant seeds and aerate lawns. Kids also love squirrels because they’re extremely intelligent and can entertain them for hours. And, despite their small size, many kids will never see an actual snake or a snake. In fact, squirrels are among the few animals that children actually see. That’s why Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist from Asheville, North Carolina, created National Squirrel Day to recognize the importance of squirrels.
A squirrel is an agile, bushy-tailed rodent. The word squirrel is even used as a verb, as in, “squirrel.” In Pittsburgh, one man was accused of feeding a squirrel methamphetamine, which led to the critter’s attack on him. The squirrel was later returned to the wild after the man was arrested. National Squirrel Day is observed on January 15 to honor all squirrels, and is a perfect excuse to celebrate these amazing creatures.
It is a day to acknowledge the role that squirrels play in nature and the environment
While most people associate a particular species with one national holiday, April 18 marks the day that all squirrels are celebrated in the United States. The different kinds of squirrels that celebrate this day include ground squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, and prairie dogs. In addition to ground squirrels, other species include flying squirrels, marmots, and prairie dogs.
Squirrels are extremely intelligent creatures. They are able to navigate a variety of obstacles, including tree limbs and holes in the ground. They can jump ten times their body length and turn their ankles 180 degrees while climbing. Their ability to adapt to freezing temperatures makes them hardy winter warriors, so it’s important to feed them often.
Squirrels vary in size, from a few inches to a few feet. The smallest squirrel is the African pygmy, while the largest is the Indian giant. Their front teeth never wear out due to constant gnawing. Squirrels are mostly tree squirrels, but there are also ground squirrels. While tree squirrels live in trees, ground squirrels live in tunnels or burrows, and some species hibernate in the winter.
It is a day to encourage people to be more friendly to squirrels
National Squirrel Day is a celebration of the little brown critter that makes our world a more interesting place to live. Most of us have grown up watching our favorite squirrel characters on television, such as Rocky the plucking flying squirrel from The Bullwinkle Show or Skippy and Slappy from Looney Tunes. We also know that squirrels build dozens of nests and shift constantly with their young. And while many people have never seen an Arctic squirrel in the wild, they do hibernate in the colder climate for eight months. National Squirrel Day is a special day to recognize squirrels and to promote their friendly relationships with humans.
Squirrels are an excellent addition to any garden or yard, and we should appreciate their contribution to our planet. We should reciprocate the favor by being more friendly toward squirrels. It is easy to become enamored with these adorable rodents when you have the chance to learn more about them through your local natural history museum, organizing a family movie night on squirrels, or following #SquirrelAppreciationDay on social media. Squirrels eat a variety of plants, including fruits, nuts, and seeds. They also eat a variety of buds, flowers, and trees, as well as tree sap. Squirrels have brown or red coats and are extremely agile.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.