Roll it out - help us get endangered species to safety
The Division of Tetrapods, a collection of vouchered amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, located at of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity, is an important repository of Ohio and North American species. The collections were established shortly after the founding of The Ohio State University, in 1870, and with collecting efforts of OSU faculty, staff, and students have grown to over 40,000 specimens. Today’s collection houses more than 170 amphibian, 200 reptile, 2000 bird and 250 mammal species. The specimens in our collection are used for research and teaching.
Given that this collection has grown for a long time it is not surprising that we possess species that are now considered threatened or extinct. These specimens are irreplaceable vouchers as they document the existence of these species in Ohio and beyond.
Some examples are:
- Ivory-billed Woodpecker
- Passenger Pigeon
- Eskimo Curlew
- Indiana Bat
- Allegheny Woodrat
- Bachman’s Warbler
- Carolina Parakeet
Currently, these irreplaceable specimens are stored in heavy non-mobile museum cabinets. They are spread throughout the collection making them susceptible to irreversible damage should an emergency (fire, flooding, etc.) in the museum occur. Other museum collections are able to roll such valuable specimens to safety. With your help, we will purchase a small museum quality cabinet with a rolling base that will allow us to move it out of the museum with ease in case of an emergency.
So let’s roll it out and get our endangered species to safety!