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Roll It Out - Help us get Endangered Species to Safety

Raised toward our $5,500 Goal
18 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM EDT
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November 01, 2016

A big thank you to all of you who made our fundraiser such a success! We can now purchase a cabinet to roll our extinct species to safety should the need occur.

Our work and improvements in the collection do not stop here, and we appreciate your continued support.

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We reached our goal! Thank you for your support!

October 31, 2016

We hope you enjoyed a month with the OSU tetrapods and if you want more, you can visit us at our Annual Open House on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 (10am-4pm). Tetrapods as well as insects, plants, molluscs, fishes, ticks & mites and others will be connected through our theme this year, the Web of Life. Come visit us and enjoy all we have to offer. Come see the new mobile cabinet that you helped finance.

Stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our blogs: Tetrapods, OSU Biomuseum

Happy Halloween!

What Tetrapods Mean to Us

October 29, 2016

What do tetrapods mean to you? We hope over the course of the last month as we provided information about tetrapods and our collection you had a chance to learn something new. We talked about hibernation, natural history of particular species among other topics. We hope to have conveyed to you the value of our irreplaceable specimens. Listen to our new video where we, faculty, staff and students at the Museum of Biological Diversity, share our views of what the tetrapods collection means to us. Find out how our specimens are used in teaching, outreach and research.

Maybe we inspired you to dress up as your favorite tetrapod during this Halloween season and hope that this will get you all the best treats. Consider supporting your favorite tetrapod in our collection. We have a few days left in our campaign, donate today!

10 Days to Roll...

October 21, 2016

Only 10 days left in our campaign to roll our extinct species out to safety! All your contributions and support in our endeavors for a new mobile cabinet are greatly appreciated. While we’ve made progress we are still distant from our goal of $5,500. This week we have put together a video to show you how we prepare a Barred Owl study skin. Watch it to get a better idea of the work that goes into making one of these irreplaceable specimens that visitors enjoy, researchers use in their studies and students learn from. These specimens are made to last for many generations, e.g. one of our Ivory-billed Woodpeckers is from 1881.

You, too, can make your name last! For a substantial donation your name will be added on a plaque to the cabinet ensuring that your contribution is well-remembered.


First Full Week Update

October 12, 2016

We’ve really started rolling in the past week. Thank you for your support and contributions that you have made to our campaign so far! Our student staff are ecstatic that we’ve made such great progress and have started discussing the process of moving the specimens. This will give them the opportunity to gain new curatorial experience in re-locating and organizing museum specimens. It will help them understand the taxonomic order of these species, how they are related to each other, and ultimately see the outcomes of evolution.


We thought about how we could share with you our student’s experience working with specimens and have been working on a virtual tour of some of our existing cabinets. Check out our new video and see a museum through the eyes of it's specimens


Taking the First Steps to Rolling it Out

October 04, 2016

Our project got off to a great start! We already have support from some of you, like Bill Heck, past president of Columbus Audubon and Scott Weidensaul, author and naturalist and leader of project Snowstorm. We truly appreciate the support we have been given so far, but we still have a ways to go to roll out our extinct species to safety. Continue to follow our updates on social media, as well as, our blog posts and please share and contribute to our campaign.

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Bachman’s Warbler

One of the colorful wood warblers that fascinate birders on their migration; this species was last seen in 1988 and is thus possibly extinct. Since the species is so rare, little has been described about its behavior.


Indiana Bat

Also known as the social bat because they cluster together in large groups during hibernation, in so-called hibernacula. Their scientific name Myotis sodalis means "mouse eared companion."


Allegheny Woodrat

A cute and sweet-natured rodent, only found in one county in Ohio. It is commonly known as a "pack rat" due to its habit of collecting shiny objects such as bottle caps, coins and others.


Carolina Parakeet

The only parrot species native to continental North America. These gregarious birds showed close attachment to their own kind, when one of them died, a host of chattering birds promptly surrounded its body.


Eskimo Curlew

Once a numerous shorebird in the tundra of Arctic Canada and Alaska. With a population once in the millions, it now has not been seen in over 30 years.


Passenger Pigeon

Once the most numerous species of bird on earth! They occurred in large flocks that appeared to blackout the sky for long periods of time. A flock of all Rock Pigeons, European Starlings and House Sparrows together would still not equal the number of Passenger Pigeons that once roamed the forests of eastern and central Canada and USA.

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