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Gray Squirrels of the 19th Century American Northwest

After the American Revolution, citizens of the new United States moved north of the Ohio River into the Northwest. They saw many gray creatures known scientifically as sciurus carolinensis. Farmers soon discovered that squirrels were their new enemy. Squirrels ate freshly planted seeds and crops. Naturalists studied these squirrel migrations; their theories of these mass movements ranged from the depletion of food sources to insect infestations of their nests to simple desires for new living spaces.


Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana Ahmad is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of American history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She specializes in the history of the American West, especially drugs and sex, as well as animals on the Overland ... read more

Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Diana Ahmad Ph.D.

Fee: $10

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: SPRI:310

Registration opens Tue, Jan 12, 2021.