Salt Lake City – The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) will host its weeklong Squirrel Fest Dec. 6–12, 2021. The festival will be hosted as a do-it-yourself, socially-distanced event for a second year in a row. And, while there won’t be a grand in-person celebration planned, the mission of Squirrel Fest is of grand importance to the museum: To rally Utahns as Citizen Scientists to help track the distribution of squirrels in the state.
William Newmark, research curator, has spent his professional career of 30 years researching a variety of important biological issues, including extinction of vertebrate species, protected area and wildlife corridor design, vertebrate species movement, and conservation and development.
Eric Rickart has devoted more than 30 years studying mammals, both regionally and globally. Much of his research has focused on mammals of island systems where processes that shape biodiversity are more apparent due to geographic isolation.