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Ohio History Center Exhibit Traces Extinction Of State’s Species
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A new exhibit at Columbusâ€™ Ohio History Center traces the stateâ€™s extinct species and looks at modern-day threats to other animals and plants. Going, Going, Gone? is not only an exhibition but also a call to action.
Enter the exhibit and you see the hands of a clock racing around the dial. Time, says curator David Dyer, is running out for all sorts of plants and animals. And theyâ€™re going extinct at an accelerated rate today.
â€œIt just shows you how things are speeding up and thatâ€™s why we have the speeding clock when you first go into the exhibit,â€ Dyer says.
Going, Going, Gone? documents ancient losses using fossils and other items, then moves to modern times with all sorts of preserved animal species. That includes â€œButtons,â€ the last known female passenger pigeon; shot and killed by an Ohio farm boy in 1900. Many of the animals on display are taken from the centerâ€™s collection of more than 29,000 catalogued specimens.
â€œA lot of people aren’t aware that the Ohio History Connection has a large collection of natural history objects. And natural history if kind of the backbone of all the historic stories that are in this state,â€ Dyer says.
The exhibit also explains ways visitors can slow species extinction.
â€œWe’ve got a whole section on things you can do to help protect these species,â€ Dyer says.
The exhibit runs through January 4th.