This coming Saturday, February 8th, the Ohio State University's Museum of Biological Diversity throws its doors open for its annual open house, and you'll want to stop in. Hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, and the museum is at the easily accessible location of 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212. Here's the link to their WEBSITE.
The museum, which is an academic ark of a mind-spinning array of items of biologia, is not normally open for visitation. Saturday's open house marks the 10th anniversary of this event, which has allowed thousands of people to enter and ooh and aah over the goods assembled within the building.
Luciana Gusmao and Sarah Hazzard provide scale to a truly gargantuan "clam". Sometimes called the "man-eating giant clam", it is perhaps better known as Tridacna gigas, which is the world's largest living bivalve mollusk. While trumping the museum's other "clam" specimens in the size department, it is but one of over 98,000 specimens of molluscs housed within the museum.
The museum will have all its experts on hand as well, so that you may be depart with massively more knowledge of the natural world than before you entered the museum's doors.
This sheet, as a plant collection is known, is of a tall coarse plant known as gall-of-the-earth, Prenanthes trifoliolata. It is a rather significant collection in that it documents the first record of this species in Ohio.
If you get the chance, be sure to stop by the museum next Saturday, and take your kids. Directions and other details are RIGHT HERE.