Ahhh fall. Changing leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and the chance for some fall-related science! As you can tell from my profile photo, I’m a Halloween girl - so any excuse I have to bring Halloween fun to an experiment, I’m in.
Imagine heading out on a beautiful fall day to enjoy the splendors the season has to offer. Perhaps this journey takes the form of watching the leaves change color, heading to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard to gather from the abundant crops, or perhaps heading to your local coffee house to indulge in the latest pumpkin latte craze. Whatever your favorite seasonal pastime, 100 years ago you may have found that your day may also have included the skies darkening at high noon for hours on end. Strange as that may seem to us now, the massive colonies of passenger pigeons that would be migrating across the skies of the continental U.S. would make this natural phenomenon a common occurrence during the changing of the seasons.
Have you heard about the SURGE network? Simply put, it is a collaboration between several Columbus institutions (including COSI) which offers free, technology-based learning opportunities for teens. But attached videos will tell you much, much more...
In late September, Marc Kibbey (Associate Curator of the Fish Collection at OSU) and I went in search of more darters for our exhibit in Lily Pad. We used a net underneath the Dodridge Bridge, and had Jenna (my current Living Collections Assistant) walk upstream to stir up the bottom where the darters like to hide. The current of the river carried the darters along with other species into our net. Aside from collecting some more rainbow and greenside darters, we were also able to collect some bluebreast darters to add to our collection.