(January 21, 2024)
We are celebrating Squirrel Appreciation Day, and what better way to honor these lively mammals than by ensuring their safety and well-being in our neighborhoods? Squirrels play a crucial role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem, and taking steps to protect them can contribute to the overall health of our local wildlife.
- Create Safe Spaces
Squirrels need safe spaces to build nests and raise their young. Ensure that your trees are healthy and provide suitable shelter for these species. Consider installing nesting boxes to give them additional options for cozy homes.
- Be Mindful of Garden Chemicals
Many garden chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, can harm squirrels. Opt for natural alternatives or adopt organic gardening practices to create a safer environment for squirrels and plants.
- Prevent Accidents
Help prevent accidents by being mindful of potential hazards. Slow down while driving in areas with high squirrel populations, especially during the spring and summer when young squirrels learn to navigate their surroundings. Keep an eye out for nests and avoid disturbing them.
- Keep Pets in Check
Pets, especially outdoor cats, can threaten squirrels. Consider keeping your pets indoors or supervising them when outside to minimize the risk of unintended harm to these small mammals.
Lastly, remember if you find an injured squirrel, bring it to The Wildlife Center immediately. Injuries are often treatable, but the longer an animal has to wait before receiving care, the more difficult it is to treat them sufficiently.
This Squirrel Appreciation Day, let’s go beyond admiring squirrels and take action to protect them. By making minor adjustments in our daily lives, we can contribute to squirrels’ well-being and ensure their presence in our neighborhoods for generations.