Have you been feeling “squirrely” after all of this time spent at home? You’re not alone. While eastern grey squirrels do not hibernate in the same way as their relatives, the little brown bats or eastern chipmunks, they are gearing up for the spring breeding season by adding acorns and other food sources to their food caches, and sprucing up their “dreys,” or nests. Join Visitor Program Coordinator Daryn in observing these curious creatures at work:
To climb higher into the world of a squirrel, join our friends at the Center for Wildlife as they share fun facts about their ambassador squirrel, Skeeter, in their previously recorded video.
Do you know that squirrels actually help to plant our forests? They hide thousands of acorns each year. Even though they are amazing at tracking most of them down again, they always forget to collect a few here and there. Some of these forgotten acorns, nestled into the ground, are in the perfect position to begin growing into trees! Now it’s your turn to be a gardener! Using Garden Guides’ instructions, track down some of your own acorns, and experiment to find out if they are viable seeds to grow oak trees. Planting trees and other plants is a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
Want even more of a challenge? See if you can be like a squirrel, and add acorns to your diet by making acorn flour with an adult. Directions can be found on Honest Food’s Mechanics of Eating Acorns page.
***Remember, never eat anything that you find in nature unless an adult says it is OK.***