What is this holiday about?
Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate squirrels in their native environment. It's lots of fun to watch squirrels climbing trees, jumping from limb to limb, gathering food and munching on snacks. You can even get a big chuckle out of watching them do summersaults as they play with each other too. They even play with bugs by tossing them up in the air! hahaha
Squirrel Appreciation Day is held in mid-winter when food sources can be scarce for squirrels. In celebration of Squirrel Appreciation Day we suggest supplementing them with some winter food by giving them some squirrel feed or dried corn from your local pet center or feed store.
We love squirrels and make it a point to feed them in the winter. In fact the photo you see above is one of our squirrels. A family of squirrels were playing chase in the tree when I snapped this photo of one of them. This is a favorite tree for them because we have a squirrel feeders in it that's filled with corn and we also have a large bird feeder in the tree that's filled with a mix of bird seeds and sunflower seeds. The squirrels love the sunflower seeds too. I could spend hours watching them swing and snack on the treats. So on this special holiday please remember our wildlife and give them a helping hand.
Pam, webmaster of gone-ta-pott.com
Origin of this Holiday
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.
We found reference to this holiday on greeting card sites-
"It's Squirrel Appreciation Day." "Have lots of fun watching those cute creatures in their natural habitat." "Have some furry fun with your buddies, loved ones and others." "Send cute and warm squirrel appreciation day ecards from our collection to everyone you care about!"
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day- However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So enjoy the day and have fun with it.
We found recognition about this holiday:
from calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. Many of these blogs are animal loving blogs and animal rehabilitation blogs that discuss and remind everyone of Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Definition of Squirrel
Wikipedia encyclopedia tells us "A squirrel is one of the many small or medium-sized rodents in the family Sciuridae." "In the English-speaking world, "squirrel" commonly refers to members of this family's genera Sciurus and Tamiasciurus, which are tree squirrels with large bushy tails, indigenous to Asia, the Americas and Europe." "Similar genera are found in Africa." "The Sciuridae family also include flying squirrels, as well as ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks." "Members of the family Anomaluridae are sometimes misleadingly referred to as "scaly-tailed flying squirrels" although they are not closely related to the true squirrels." / documentation_license
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