Most people who know me closely know about my love for these little ones. I affectionately refer to them as my youngins. Ground squirrels are well-adapted to desert life. They can stay active even on the hottest of days, although they do tend to limit their activity during the heat of the afternoon sun. They live underground in the winter, typically from late August or September until January or February. They go into torpor, but do not hibernate. One of my favorite hobbies is to make little feeders for them. Over time they have become very comfortable with me, approaching me with no fear and even allowing me to feed them out of my hand on occasion. These little ones bring me a lot of joy, so I want to share that joy with all of you! So say hello to two of the youngins, you’ll being seeing more of them in the future.