Founded in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown, Squirrel Appreciation Day is a good excuse to learn about squirrels:
- We have four native squirrels in western Pennsylvania: Gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, southern flying squirrel.
- Black squirrels are actually gray squirrels with black fur.
- Gray squirrels are brownish in summer and turn grayer in winter.
- The ancestors of South American squirrels came from North America, walking across the isthmus of Panama.
- Squirrels are cute when they aren’t destroying bird feeders.
- Squirrels unwittingly plant trees when they bury acorns. Learn more in this video by Joe Stavish at Tree Pittsburgh.
How shall we celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day? This one suggests that we give him a handout.
Pittsburgh’s squirrels will be grateful for extra food today. It was 2 degrees F this morning!
(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)