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Go Nuts & Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Today is a great day to learn more about squirrels! 

  • There are over 200 species of squirrels, worldwide.
  • Squirrels didn't start living in our cities until the mid-1900s when parks and trees were added.
  • The Squirrel family, or Sciuridae, is divided into three types: tree squirrels, ground squirrels and flying squirrels
  • In our area we have two tree squirrel species, the Fox Squirrel and the Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Our three ground squirrels include the Eastern Chipmunk, the Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel and the much bigger Woodchuck (or Groundhog).
  • And believe it or not, we do have a local flying squirrel speices - the Southern Flying Squirrel.
  • Squirrels are considered a nuisance by some people, but they're important for our ecosystems. 
    • They, accidentally, plant trees by burying seeds/nuts (and forgetting about them)!
  • Eastern Grey squirrels have been observed pretending to bury a nut to keep other squirrels from stealing it!

To learn more about our local squirrel species visit tree squirrels, ground squirrels & woodchucks, flying squirrels.

If you are having problems with squirrels invading your home click here.

To learn more about Squirrel Apprciation Day click here.

Eastern gray squirrel, picture above.

 Fox Squirrel

 Southern Flying Squirrel

 Eastern Chipmunk

 Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

 Woodchuck

 Tree squirrel footprints in the snow


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