Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Show the critters some love on this day by throwing some extra food out for them. Eastern Gray Squirrels enjoy eating foods such as: walnuts, acorns, seeds, fruit and corn.

Of course don’t neglect those cute critters on the other 364 days of the year. There are many squirrel feeders available which makes it easy to feed squirrels throughout the year.

Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys lucovicianus)

  • Social rodent native to the western area of North America
  • Measure about 15 inches (38 cm) in length and weigh about 3 pounds (1.4 kg)
  • Live in communities with other prairie dogs
  • Use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to warn of specific predators
  • Do not hibernate and are diurnal
  • Diet consists of green vegetation and occasional insects
  • Homes are deep burrows which are bedded with leaves and grass
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern


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