It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day!

I just discovered, almost too late, that it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed annually on January 21. The creator, Christy Hargrove, is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina and is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  According to Christy, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group — anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels to learning something new about the species.”

I’ve not only put out lots of tasty peanuts today, but also proffer a special tribute to my small rodential friends:

h/t: Chris

16 Comments

  1. notsecurelyanchored
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Do you name your visiting squirrels? Mine are eating suet packs put out for the birds.

  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I am sure the Sqrlz truly appreciate the stomach- (and store-) filling efforts of the Great Nom God In The Office Window. At least while the noms keep coming.
    If there were a Sqrl-Eris, I wonder what would get engraved on the Golden Peanut, before chucking it into the meleé? “For the Nommiest”?

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Cheapest food to put out for the squirrels is corn. Some retail stores will charge way too much but remember – the farmer sells it today for about $3.50 a bushel. That is roughly 60 pounds of corn.

    • Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      My squirrels won’t eat corn–either the dried type or off-the-cob type. They reject it entirely.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted January 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

        I have not seen that before. We are talking field corn, not sweet corn? Also, I’m sure you know this, after a squirrel eats corn most of the corn is still there. They only take the center out… After they strip corn off of a cob, if you give them cob and all, there will be corn all over the ground but the good stuff is gone.

        I know this sounds stupid but maybe because they are city (Chicago) squirrels they have never seen corn?

        • Posted January 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

          Or city squirrels have access to more highly desirable food as commonly found in human trash.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Then it’s time for the Carling Black Label “Mission Impossible” UK TV advert from the 90s! Video contains bonus owls:

    • Taskin
      Posted January 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      😀

  5. Yvonne Wilder
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    We are having a big snowstorm today and all the squirrels are tucked into their homes and out of sight. I’ll make up for missing Squirrel Appreciation Day by putting out a double helping of peanuts tomorrow!

  6. Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    That is so cool

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Need to write on the back too – how are the squirrels supposed to read that sign?

    • kieran
      Posted January 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      You don’t want to mess with squirrels, just ask rick and morty!

  8. Posted January 21, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the idea about getting some raw dried corn. I’ve been buying lots of unshelled, preferably raw and definitely unsalted peanuts and some occasional fancy unshelled nuts for my outdoor pets. Because like PCC found out when they broke into his nut stash, they’ll take everything that’s there if you don’t ration it out some and it can get expensive.

  9. Posted January 22, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I’m a big squirrel fan but I totally forgot that yesterday was Squirrel Appreciation day! I put extra nuts out this morning to make up for it.

  10. Posted January 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

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    • Posted January 25, 2018 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      Very pretty squirrel. I think it’s a Variegated squirrel (Sciurus variegatus) from Central America.


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