Squirrel Appreciation Day is a day where we celebrate and appreciate our fuzzy friends. It’s an event that takes place on January 21, 2022 (in America) and has been taking place for over 100 years. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of Squirrel Appreciation Day, some fun activities you can do to celebrate it with family or friends, and give you some tasty recipes to try!
History Of National Squirrel Appreciation Day
To honor our furry little neighbors, we must show them kindness. National Squirrel Appreciation Day was created in 2001 by wildlife rehabilitation specialist Christy Hargrove to encourage kind attitudes towards these bushy-tailed creatures and celebrate their uniqueness!
Squirrels are the only animals that belong to two different groups. They are rodents who have sharp teeth, which allow them to gnaw through the bark and even concrete! The other part of their classification is they’re also mammals because they possess hairless bodies, three middle ear bones (which most species don’t), a lower jaw with four incisors, and a diaphragm that controls breathing.
Squirrels also have strong memories, which is why they can find their way back home after being displaced. They can even remember where they bury thousands of nuts over several months! These animals are not only smart but incredibly crafty too. Squirrels use twigs and leaves to decorate their nests for comfort and warmth.
NATIONAL SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY STATS
25% of nuts are stolen
Gray Squirrels are fascinating creatures, with one quirk that sets them apart from most other animals. They can seemingly never seem to stop digging up and then reburying their nuts! Even though they spend so much time burying nuts, 25% of those trees are raided and stolen by another squirrel!
74% of buried nuts are never recovered
The squirrels are always on the go, but sometimes they forget where their buried nuts are. When you think about it though, this shouldn’t come as any surprise because animals with poor memories often end up in these situations! Of the nuts that are buried, only 74% of them are ever recovered.
200 squirrel species
Squirrels can be found in all shapes and sizes, from tiny flying squirrels that only weigh about 12 grams to enormous ground Hiouma baboons weighing up to 4 lbs. The main difference between them is their diets: tree
The following information is based on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). According to this database, there are over 200 species listed under three types of “squirrels”, namely Tree Squirrel, Ground Squirrel, or Flying Squirrels.
National Squirrel Appreciation Day Activities
1. Build a squirrel obstacle course
It’s Squirrel Day! Get together with your friends and neighbors to celebrate the annual event. Build an obstacle course for these adaptive animals that include things like nuts, branches in their favorite color(s), Pomodoro ( pouch foot apples), or anything else you can find around the house–to make this day extra special they’ll need something unique so put some thought into it because once these furry guys tackle an ordinary play set there won’t be much left challenging them!
Don’t forget to take pictures and videos of your furry friends enjoying their new setup. They will appreciate it in the long run because they are always trying to find new ways of entertaining themselves! You can even make a contest out of it and see who’s pet is the most agile!
2. Dress your dog up as a squirrel
One way to make your dog the center of attention in any photo is by dressing them up as a squirrel. You can take pictures with their new outfit and get everyone’s attention on what may be one-of-a-kind canine fashion! Squirrels and dogs are the best of friends, so let them bond as one!
3. Say the word “squirrel” a lot
You may not be able to capture the delight in words, but you can sure as heck try. This one seems like a perfect fit for something that captures how eagerly your favorite animal moves around and likes things fast-paced!
WHY DO WE LOVE NATIONAL SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY
1. It got bigger than anyone ever thought
Christy Hargrove, the founder of National Squirrel Appreciation Day didn’t think it would be a big deal. So when she started this event back in 2001 with no expectations whatsoever; one can only imagine how surprised and thrilled she is today to see just how many people are taking time out on April 30th every year (National Squirreld)to show their appreciation for these furry little creatures that bring us so much enjoyment around Christmas time!
2. It celebrates the squirrel’s cunning and duplicity
Some people think that when a squirrel buries its nut it does so with sincere intention, but in reality, the animal often only pretends to bury these nutritious seeds. The reason for this fake move? They know they’re being watched!
3. Three words: Squirrel obstacle courses
If there is one animal with more tenacity than the squirrel, it’s hard to find. A quick internet search for “squirrel obstacle courses” will yield some remarkable videos from all around the world showcasing these speedy creatures as they go headlong into their quest for food!
The Syndrome is a rare disease that affects squirrel monkeys. It was the second primate after humans to be found with this illness in the 1970s, and it is still not fully understood how or why they get it.