Also known as the Autumn Equinox, the last day of summer in 2011 is September 23.
It's time to look back and review the summer, which has been good to the squirrels on the whole. Most of the squirrels stayed healthy throughout the season and had plenty to eat. They were able to flourish, with time to relax and play, with not too many weather concerns other than a few hazy, hot and humid periods. This summer's heat wave came early, in July, and was followed by two months of many beautiful days in August and September. Most of the squirrel rescues were of babies fallen from nests.
A sudden cold spell the other day was enough to remind us of what's in store. Do the squirrels even remember last winter? Do they have memories of the bitter cold and the short dark days and those ferocious snow storms? Or has it all been forgotten?
For now, we'll continue to enjoy the good weather and the long days of light, as we enter the beautiful season of Autumn.
To the Squirrels, to Make Much of Time
Gather ye acorns while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.