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SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY Is January 21: Are You Ready?

Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/21/10 10:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:00 PM ET

Patriotic Squirrel

Today is squirrel appreciation day. While everyone can celebrate squirrels in their own way, we wanted to point you to some useful resources around the Web to get you started.

First off, if you're short on time -- and who isn't these days? -- there's always the quick Squirrel Appreciation Day e-card route.

There's also a guide to Squirrel Appreciation Day activities at eHow -- here's a teaser for that:

1. Check local television listings for documentaries about squirrels. The National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet are likely to have a special presentation.


2. Look out your window. Squirrels are everywhere. What can you learn about squirrels just by watching them in your own backyard?

3. Read a book about squirrels and their natural habitat.

4. Research squirrels online. You'll find several sites dedicated just to our furry friends. Did you know, for instance, that there are 365 species of squirrels?

Hey, by the way, that's a squirrel for every day of the year. Do the math.

Maybe you're wondering where Squirrel Appreciation Day came from. Well, it came from Asheville, N.C.:

Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina started Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. Christy is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina, and is is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.
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