The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day – as we were reminded throughoout the day by numerous emails and FB posts from the various conservation organizations that we support.

A couple of days later this rather scruffy black-form gray squirrel visited the garden in order to do some appreciating of his/her own by making a good meal of the high-bush cranberry fruits we grow for their delight.

This “special” day is meant to recognize squirrels’ importance in nature. Specifically their role in spreading trees in the environment by burying seeds/nuts and then forgetting about them so enough germinate to maybe grow into a forest tree in the years to follow.