Chippy: What You may not Know…

Those cute little cheeks stuffed with nuts…who can resist the cuteness? I certainly cannot. If I had it my way, Chipmunks would replace Hamsters and Guinea Pigs as the rodents of choice for those that like furry little companions to grace their homes. Who knows…perhaps one day. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy them from the numerous vantage points in our yard. No matter the location, these clever rodents never cease to entertain–and amaze me. They are a great rodent to watch and observe. While not by any means an expert naturalist, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the behaviors and lifestyle of these energetic creatures. However, the old saying rings true: you learn something new every day. 

Five Facts I Didn’t Know

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While Chipmunks in our yard do climb trees like their relatives the Squirrels, they typically don’t travel far from the ground. I wonder why? (Image Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2020)
  1. Chipmunks are omnivores. They eat mice, baby birds and frogs in addition to nuts and worms etc…
  2. Chipmunks are among the smallest member of the squirrel family
  3. They can make tunnels up to 30 ft long
  4. Drainage tunnels are installed by the chipmunks to control moisture
  5. As a result of climate change, warmer temperatures may lead to chipmunks not being provided with cool enough temps to hibernate as they have in past years
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Many Chipmunks, such as this male, have a designated burrow for foraging. (Image Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2020)

Keep On Learning

I firmly believe that learning is one of the key aspects of a healthy mind and spirit. What information is learned may seem inconsequential, but in fact I assert the opposite to be true. Learning provides us with so much–and can inform our decisions and actions (even if we consciously don’t think so). Learning can occur in the most unlikely of places, even in those that you reside. Our brains blossom when knowledge nurtures it’s very being.

Enjoy the season wherever you may be. Take just five minutes, observe and watch a creature that catches your attention. Then, do some research–online–through field guides–or your family members–and see what you may learn. What you learn may surprise you.

Until next time, get outside and breath.

 

-Adam K.

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