Squirrel vs. Rattlesnake

Illustration by Mike Essa
Illustration by Mike Essa

I pronounce 2020 to be the Year of the Squirrel.

This is not an official zodiac designation. While the TV news stations report whimsical stories of dolphins swimming through canals in Venice and sika deer taking over subway stations in Japan, we Californians need look no further than our front yards for evidence that certain wildlife species are having a much better year than most of us humans.