Adaptive Behavior in Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels (1942)

14 Dec
Director  Lester F. Beck
Length   11 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  none
Call #  FILM Ma51
Genre  documentary
Rare  yes
Online  yes
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  yes


Arranged and photographed by Lester F. Beck, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Beck also wrote the script for Human Growth, the first sex education film shown in Oregon schools in 1948. Filmed in part at Crater Lake, OR. Shows golden-mantled ground squirrels (which resemble, but are not, chipmunks) first at play in the wild, and then learning increasingly complicated tasks in a lab (coerced by nuts). Silent short full of unintentional humor and pathos. Was the basis for the popular educational film Squeak the Squirrel (1952).

4 Responses to “Adaptive Behavior in Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels (1942)”


  1. Visual Form Discrimination In The Cat (1933) « 16mm Lost & Found - December 21, 2011

    […] on this topic in 1933, and published a journal article about it in 1935. Not as life-changing as Adaptive Behavior of Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels, but has its modest share of tension and comedy. Share this:ShareFacebookTwitterLike this:LikeBe […]

  2. Human Growth (1947) « 16mm Lost & Found - June 12, 2012

    […] was seeking ways to fulfill its mission and spend its endowment, and this film was the result. Dr. Lester F. Beck wrote the script and supervised the production. The Trust hired Eddie Albert Productions to produce […]

  3. Human and Animal Beginnings, 2nd Ed. (1980) « 16mm Lost & Found - June 14, 2012

    […] Human Growth, which we have here in our archives as well. At the university, he created the film, Adaptive Behavior of Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, which is a film undergoing much research and analysis by our amazing Elizabeth […]

  4. Human Growth (1947) | 16mm Lost & Found - May 29, 2013

    […] production. Beck was a nationally recognized expert in audiovisual education and had already made several educational films of his own. Eddie Albert Productions produced the film, and Sy Wexler shot the […]

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