20 January 2012

A Day for Going Nuts

Tomorrow is Squirrel Appreciation Day, so it's about time to get a little nutty.

The National Wildlife Federation has some tips for how to celebrate the big day, and I've decided to get a head start on the suggestion about sharing my squirrel stories.

Of course, I blogged about the St. Louis Cardinals' Rally Squirrel in the fall, but my connection with squirrels goes way beyond that.

I remember fishing amongst big spruce trees when I was a kid and seeing the remnants of Douglas squirrel cone feasts carpeting the ground around the trees. The endearing thing about Douglas squirrels is their crankiness. They can't stand to be intruded upon, and they aren't shy about letting you know it. Also, the Pacific Northwest is one of their main areas, so they have added importance for me.

Eastern gray squirrels are a source of mixed emotions for me. On one hand, they are not native to the Northwest, so it's troubling to see them take over areas here. On the other hand, I do like watching them scurry around and roll up their tails behind them as they eat.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy Squirrel Appreciation Day. I think I'll wear my Rally Squirrel T-shirt.

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