How to Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day

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Once a year, go nuts for squirrels. The official Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21. Why not show your appreciation for the bushy-tailed little nut-gatherers by trying one of the following activities.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter

Learn About Squirrels

  • Check local television listings for documentaries about squirrels. The National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet are likely to have a special presentation.

  • Look out your window. Squirrels are everywhere. What can you learn about squirrels just by watching them in your own backyard?

  • Read a book about squirrels and their natural habitat.

  • Research squirrels online. You'll find several sites dedicated just to our furry friends. Did you know, for instance, that there are 365 species of squirrels?

Feed a Squirrel

  • Make a squirrel feede. First, collect pine cones and a jar of peanut butter.

  • Spread peanut butter on each pine cone, making sure to get it into all the little crevices.

  • Hang the pine cone from a branch of a tree a good distance away from any bird feeders. Squirrels are notorious for getting into bird feeders so giving them a feeder of their own is a great way of getting them to leave the birds alone.

  • Put out extra food for squirrels during the winter. They need foods that are high in protein and low in cellulose. Nuts, seeds and suet are perfect foods.

Celebrate Squirrels!

  • Spend the day watching Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes. Cheer for Rocky!

  • Visit the Web site of Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina who is the originator of Squirrel Appreciation Day (see link below).

  • Swap out your computer's desktop wallpaper for the day with a picture of a cute squirrel. To do this, just find a picture you like online, right-click the picture and select "Set picture as desktop background."

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