Squirrel Appreciation Day

Eastern gray squirrel contemplates another raid on the bird feeders (photo by
Ken Thomas via Wikimedia Commons)

When January 21 is the third Monday of the month, an unofficial celebration falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January). Today is also Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21).

Founded in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown, Squirrel Appreciation Day is a good excuse to learn about squirrels:

How shall we celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day? This one suggests that we give him a handout.

Grey squirrel, St. James’s Park, London (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

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)

4 thoughts on “Squirrel Appreciation Day

  1. I topped off all my bird feeders yesterday, so the gray and red squirrels in my neighborhood should be well fed today. The red squirrels are fiercely territorial. I’ve seen them intimidate the gray squirrels and chase them away many times. The grays learn to run in for food when the reds aren’t looking.

    P.S. Loved the mini series on clouds.

  2. Your St. James Squirrel photo is priceless!!
    You’ve captured the essence of squirrel. Thanks again for your wonderful blog.

  3. I put up a squirrel feeder this year, filled it with cheap dried corn you can find in the birdseed aisle, and we now have a white squirrel. Never seen one before. Pure white. (Albany, NY.)

  4. I am so passionate about squirrels, but until today didn’t know we had a day to honor them, thank you for sharing, and for sharing your love and respect for them. My retirement plan is to do an ethological study of squirrels, in whatever state I am in at that stage of my life!

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