Today, January 21, 2021 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Many of us may consider squirrels no more than bushy-tailed rats and a pest to backyard gardens, parks, and the like. But these members of the rodent family are interesting and helpful members of the food chain. For instance, did you know that squirrels can find food buried up to a foot deep under snow? They avoid predators by running in a zigzag pattern. Squirrels sometimes “trick” rivals by digging a hole and pretending to bury a nut when they really don’t. Many of their buried nuts and seeds end up turning into new trees!
Sounds like there is a lot going on in those small brains! If you take a moment to watch these fascinating creatures , you’ll see some amazing things.
There are some fun websites with lots of kid-friendly facts and activities about squirrels.
Here is a short video with some fun facts about our backyard neighbors:
Here are some recent books written for children that feature our friendly neighborhood squirrels.
The EVOLUTION REVOLUTION Series by Charlotte Bennadro, Illustrated by Cathleen Daniels
These three chapter books show the clever abilities of squirrels.
Here is the link for Barnes&Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/evolution-revolution-charlotte-bennardo/1124455042?ean=9781534903210
SQUIRRELS FAMILY TREE by Beth Ferry