OSHR 1819 - People of the Names: Origins of Wildlife Eponyms

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Walk any mountain trail and you will likely see a Steller's jay in a Douglas-fir or a Clark's nutcracker in an Engelmann spruce. This raises the question: who are these people after which our wildlife are named? From Woodhouse's toad to Wilson's snipe, such names are known as "eponyms."

If each eponym is a peephole into the past, then a thousand eponyms collectively become a picture window into an era when human awareness of life on Earth caught fire. "People of the Names" will assemble some of the peepholes so that we might look through that picture window. Such a view just might enrich a sighting of a Gambel's quail perched in a Gambel oak.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.