The Day Of The Badger: Facts about Species and National Badger Day 2021
National badger day is here, and you may be wondering why we are celebrating such a creature after all. Well, just like every element of our environment, each species plays a very specific and important role in the natural flow of our environment and ecosystems. This day is not only important to badgers and speaking up for them as they cannot do for themselves, but is also important for us as humans and the future of our environment and planet. Today we are going to be learning all about badgers, what makes them unique, their role in nature, and why we choose to celebrate them on this day of the year.
What Kind Of Animal Is A Badger?
Before we get into the reasons behind why we celebrate national badger day, let us first grasp a better understanding of what a badger actually is. As a small animal, only present in certain parts of the world, the nature of the badger often remains a mystery to many. Badgers are actually very small mammals that can be found in the colors black, brown, gold, and even white depending on the climate and nature of their habitat. Some more interesting badger information includes the characteristics which define the way they look. Badgers have very flat, wedge-shaped bodies, long claws, coarse hair, and broad feet. So what family are badgers in? Badgers are actually relatives of ferrets, minks, otters, weasels, and wolverines, all of which are members of the Mustelidae family. There are also many different species of badgers that can be found in a variety of different regions around the world, each is adapted to the consequential habitat and weather conditions.
National Badger Day
The day of the badger will be celebrated on October 6th, 2021. Badger day comes around to bring awareness to the pressing issues that are causing the badger population to decline. It brings awareness to the threats that they are facing, why they are facing such threats, and the actions we need to take in order to minimize and prevent these threats from occurring in the future.
Humans and badgers have not always had the greatest relationship, and while we understand this to be true, they are still in desperate need of our help. Badgers have very important roles, especially within their own families and literally live their lives burrowing to create safe homes for the young ones. They are an extremely important aspect of nature’s ecosystems and are responsible for keeping much smaller and even larger animals alive and thriving.
British Badger VS American Badger
Before we get into the multitude of interesting badger fun facts, let’s get one thing clear. There are some major differences when it comes to the badger species, especially between the American badger and the British badger, which often get confused with one another. The key differences between the two are:
- American badgers are smaller and are usually about 23 cm tall, whereas a British or European badger is bigger, usually about 31 cm tall.
- American badgers have a lifespan of 4-5 years and a British badger has a lifespan of 6-16 years
- American badgers need a larger amount of space than European and British badgers
- The British badger is a lot stronger than the American badger
- American badgers are natives of the United States and are most commonly found in western areas. British or European badgers are widely spread across the entire globe excluding north Scandinavia, Iceland, and Sicily.
Badger Facts, Information, and Questions
To give you an even better idea of what badger day is all about and why we celebrate it, here are some interesting badger facts as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Are Badgers Nocturnal?
Yes, badgers are in fact nocturnal, which means that they sleep during the day and are active at night. This is one of the main reasons that we don’t come across them that often. They may emerge during the day during the summer months of the year, but most will come out to play, socialize and forage during the darkest hours of the night.
Where Do Badgers Sleep?
So during the daytime when they are sleeping, and we don’t see them, where are they? People often ask do badgers live underground, as their area of location often remains a mystery. Badgers prefer to live in habitats that are dry and wide, such as grasslands, woods, quarries, sea cliffs, and hedgerows. Badgers create a home for themselves and their families by digging many connected tunnels underground, also known as burrows. These burrows can go up to 10 feet (ca. 3 m) underground and reach a 30-foot radius. This is where badgers spend most of their time sleeping during the day and leave their homes in the evening.
What Noise Does A Badger Make?
Badgers actually make a range of different sounds used for communication. These types of sounds include squeals, churrs, purrs, Chittering, growling, squeaking, and wailing. Each sound is used based on context and meaning in a situation.
Some More Fun Facts About Badgers Include:
- Badgers love spending the majority of their time in their homes with their families and relatives.
- Badgers have an unbelievable sense of smell, about 800 times stronger than humans.
- Badgers collect grass to make comfortable bedding for themselves.
- Badger’s homes or burrows are their most prized possession and often kept in immaculate shape for years.
- There are 8 different types of badger species.
- Badgers have a very varied diet and will eat anything from fruit and plants to birds and eggs.
- They are protected animals and due to their population decline are illegal to hunt and kill.
The Bottom Line
As you can see there are so many cool, fun, and interesting facts about the badger species. They are not only beautiful and well-respected animals, but are also extremely important and under threat. On national badger day 2021, it is our responsibility to raise these concerns and possible threats to others by using our global social platforms.
We need to spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers causing our beloved badger to decline, as well as educate others on the fascinating reasons why we need them on our planet.
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