National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Sunday, January 21, 2018,

Today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. No, really. I’m not making that up. I’m just not that inventive. Maybe the folks at Hallmark Cards could come up with such a holiday but not me.

As it turns out, National Squirrel Appreciation Day was created in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, who is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina. Christy is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center and not Hallmark as I had suspected.

I took these photographs three days ago at the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor. I am appreciating this squirrel’s trust in a biped and he is appreciating my sunflower seeds. A win-win situation. I came away with some cool pics and an even cooler experience and all it cost me was a handful of sunflower seeds. The squirrel seemed pretty satisfied with the encounter as well. JK