Squirrel Appreciation Day #Inspiration

Squirrels are Nature’s Gardeners


January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really?!

It was established by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, to bring attention to the importance of these remarkably widespread creatures. The squirrel is native to five continents and currently inhabits all six. There are approximately 285 species of squirrels in the world, ranging from the tiny African pygmy squirrel to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel.


Most squirrels primarily eat nuts and berries. They also have a habit of burying caches of food for later consumption—and even ‘pretending’ to bury food to mislead other animals that might be watching. But squirrel brain capacity being what it is, the squirrel inevitably forgets where some of the food has been buried. Out of that ‘grows’ one of the humble squirrel’s most important roles in the forest ecosystem: It’s an inadvertent planter of new trees and bushes. You can call the squirrel one of nature’s gardeners in a  way! 😁

Hooray for the squirrel!

Someone else (who is not a squirrel), but wrote a book presuming to be one is Ellie Kemper, favorite optimistic character of “The Office” and lead on her own show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.

You can check out Ellie Kemper’s memoir “My Squirrel Days” on Amazon and my book review here!

Speaking of squirrel… I hope I didn’t distract you 😉. Hehe

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