Can you find our friendly squirrel? Photos by W & R Snyder

Two little squirrels, one grey and one black, peered cautiously around the tree trunk at the gloves, shovels and potted plants scattered about.

What is going on?

Why are these humans in our part of the Stoney Creek Forest?

Gathering up all the courage she had, female squirrel called out to the humans in her firmest squirrel squeak.

What are you doing here?

The closest human looked her way and with a gentle smile said, Don’t worry little ones. We are planting for your future. We have hazelnut trees, salal, Oregon grape, bunchberry, mountain ash, pacific dogwood and goats’ beard. All native plants that belong here. You, and the other creatures of the forest, will have delicious nuts, berries and seeds to eat and new places to hide and play and build your nests.

Female and male squirrel couldn’t believe their fuzzy squirrel ears. Their little squirrel hearts were so full of joy that they chased each other across the grass and up and down tree trunks squealing with delight!

Four volunteers from the Stoney Creek Environment Committee planted 44 native plants on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 – and yes, we did have two curious little squirrels watching our every move!

To make your own little piece of land welcoming to the birds choose plants native to your area that produce berries, fruit, nuts or seeds. If you live in an apartment or townhouse community suggest native plantings to your gardening committee.

Membership fees for the Stoney Creek Environment Committee: $20/individual, $30/family per year