As the days grow shorter, food for the woodland creatures becomes scarce. I don’t know about you, but I find squirrels to be some of the most entertaining fur-bearers in the forest. I enjoy their antics and find them extremely amusing. I know that as winter creeps in I will end up seeing less and less of them as they gather food for their long winter nap. In order to show my appreciation for all the amusement they provide me during the year, I like to give them little food gifts to help with their stockpiling project. If you have some neighborhood squirrels you’d like to help out this winter, then you might enjoy the following tips and tricks.
Tip: Make sure all of your animals are ready for winter.
Local nuts are the best present you can give squirrels. People like to feed them peanuts, which is a legume, not a nut, and don’t stop to think about how peanuts aren’t something a squirrel would normally eat. Take a look around at the local nut trees in your area. Hickory nuts, beechnuts, walnuts, and butternuts are all great options. Gather some of these nuts up and put them in a pile near a tree you’ve seen the squirrels hang out in. They’ll appreciate the collection and it will give them a bit of a head start too.
Sunflower seeds are a good treat too. Most people have seen the way squirrels raid the bird feeders and it’s generally because they want to eat the sunflower seed inside. You can also order the recipe for making Squirrel Biscuits or whip up some nut balls for a little treat. Dried corn is also usually a good attractant for squirrels too and a lot of feed stores sell a mix of corn, sunflower seeds, and peanuts in the shell as squirrel food.
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Where to Put the Goodies
You can place the treats in a designated area for squirrels to find or build them a special feeder. Here are some plans for a couple of different kinds of squirrel feeders. If you don’t have time to make anything, you can buy a pre-made squirrel feeder or just a large dish. Make sure it doesn’t get filled with water or snow and make all the feed soggy. It’s best to put the dish or feeder in a place where squirrels will find it easily. Who knows, they might even tell their friends!
Tip: How To Store Nuts [for humans! :)]
Any goodies you decide to provide for your squirrely friends will be accepted with open arms! When you notice the squirrels aren’t coming around anymore, you can empty the feeders out. They’ll be back when the weather warms up and they need to look for more food. Since they don’t hibernate, you might see one or two pop up now and then during the winter, so be ready for them!
What ways do you help out your woodland friends now?