Are you ready for some bushy-tail adventures because it's time to celebrate our nut-loving, tree-hopping friends? Yes, ladies and germs, we're talking squirrels, because it is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! A day dedicated to celebrating all things squirrelly, be it their acrobatic antics or their acorn stashing strategies.
It's national squirrel appreciation day on the 21st January.
What started as a heartwarming idea by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove on January 21, 2001, has since scampered its way into global popularity. Christy, from Asheville, North Carolina, proclaimed 21st January as a day for all to appreciate these furry flyers and industrious gatherers. Advances in technology over the years have helped to spread word about the day and our squirrelly friends. The relatively recent invention of social media has allowed interaction between squirrel enthusiasts (yes, they exist) and the general public, resulting in a spike in popularity and awareness.
There are plenty of pawsome ways to celebrate this day regardless of being tech-savvy or not. Read a book about squirrels, post a cute squirrel picture on social media, or if you're lucky enough to live near these critters, give them a nutty treat! Our analysis showed that the most mentions of National Squirrel Appreciation Day were found online on 21st January 2021, confirming the enduring and growing popularity of this day.
Squirrels are so much more than just cute critters that raid bird feeders. They play a crucial role in our ecosystem, from aiding in reforestation by forgetting where they buried their acorns to spreading the spores of fungi, helping to maintain the health of our forests. So, on this National Squirrel Appreciation Day, let's tip our hats (or acorns) to these amazing little animals and give them the appreciation they truly deserve.
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