Tuesday Trivia: Are you a fan or foe of squirrels?

J. H. Osborne • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Either way, you might want to check out the Squirrel Lover's Club.

And now's a good time because October is "Squirrel Awareness and Appreciation Month."

According to the organization's website:

• Its mission: encourage appreciation, kindness, and education in regard to animals, specifically squirrels ... whether you are for or against squirrels.

• “Whether you enjoy watching and feeding squirrels in your own yard or in a public place (such as a park), or whether you have a squirrel companion (pet) who dwells with you, or you have found a squirrel who is orphaned and/or hurt, we hope to provide you with helpful information and resources. We believe that squirrels matter and that humans and wildlife can exist harmoniously. Kindness counts and will better the world.”

• “If you are a person who has a problem with squirrel invasion or you are not appreciative of squirrels, please see our article by Gregg Bassett called “How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Attic” as well as other articles written by Gregg so that we might assist you in finding a humane remedy to problems or issues.”

• The Squirrel Lover's Club is an international organization whose membership is open to squirrel lovers of all ages around the world. Bassett founded The Squirrel Lover’s Club in 1995 after being approached by a friendly squirrel at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and later by another squirrel back in his hometown. He started carrying walnuts in their shells for future such encounters. In time, Bassett reached other squirrel lovers and the club’s membership grew to thousands. Bassett appeared on numerous television programs and in print media articles.

• Bassett founded Squirrel Awareness Week so that people could pay homage to squirrels during the first week of October each year. The event expanded to Squirrel Awareness and Appreciation Month, which includes all of October.

A bi-monthly newsletter, In a Nutshell, serves as a forum for members. Contents have included stories, photographs, poetry, sage advice, resource materials and more for the squirrel lover.

The club's website, www.thesquirrelloversclub.com, includes tips on how to care for baby squirrels, online submissions of "squirrelly" photos, and a link to Bassett’s article (which also features tips on how to discourage squirrels if you are a bird-feeder enthusiast, i.e., "Feed your birds seeds that squirrels don’t like such as thistle or safflower seeds").

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