We just celebrated National Squirrel Appreciation Day (you did celebrate, right?), so here’s a list of 10 fun facts about squirrels! In honor of this wonderful day, I’m re-running a post I wrote previously about squirrels and what’s happening inside those nests – enjoy!
Like most folks, I’ve had plenty of experience with squirrels – watching them frolic in the yard, steal birdseed from my birdfeeders, avoid cars in street. The one thing I always wondered was, what’s going on up in those nests in the trees? Well, this past Saturday, I learned the answer to that question. I spent Saturday morning at a training class for volunteer interpreters (for nature and history programs) at my favorite state park, Sky Meadows. One of the other volunteers at the program works with a wildlife rescue group, and she was taking care of three baby squirrels – what a treat to be able to see these little guys up close! I learned a few new things about squirrels and the happenings in the nest this time of year:
These cute little guys were picked up by the wildlife rescue league when their nest tree was cut down. So, other than the fact that these squirrels are so cute and the rescuers have big hearts, why go to all the trouble to save them? Squirrels are an important part of their ecosystems, providing seed dispersal, food, and predation within the ecosystem. And in rural areas, like Delaplane VA, squirrels aren’t nearly as numerous as they are in urban and suburban areas (think fewer predators in the latter areas).
If you need to remove a tree in your area, be sure to consider the squirrels. In the mid-Atlantic, squirrel babies are born in February and March, and then again in June and July. Thus, avoiding tree felling within about 3 months of that time will give enough time for the squirrels to mature and leave the nest. If you need to remove a tree – think November!