The Observer held a contest earlier this year to give away a copy of the “Outwitting Squirrels” book.
The winner was Pat Shaw, at Davidson College Presbyterian Church preschool, who said: “I will allow that these 4-year-old children are very amused and entertained by the squirrels’ antics, but feeding squirrels takes a toll on our budget. We have several lesson plans about birds and we rarely see one anymore!”
Here are a few other submissions from readers making their case to win:
Life lessons from Nutkin
From Stratford Kiger, of Charlotte, who’s made several after-market modifications of one sort or another to her feeder setup to thwart the critters. They were, of course, a failure.
“You have to admit that squirrels are the most optimistic animals on the planet ... They seem to thrive on the challenges put before them and proceed with reckless abandon to keep trying until they succeed. Perhaps we should all aspire to a squirrel-like tenacity when facing challenges in our own lives.”
What rhymes with ‘squirrel’?
Jan Bartels, of Charlotte, crafted a poem about squirrels and her mate. An excerpt:
Please help me, my husband has now run astray,
He’s addicted to chasing the squirrels away.
He bangs on the window while they eat birdseed,
They just keep on eating and pay him no heed.
He rants and he raves as they chew on our chair,
They continue to munch just not seeming to care.
They chew on our brick and our new garden hose,
Our lawn is now covered with small squirrel holes.
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