COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A stuffed passenger pigeon and a skeleton replica of a roughly 100-pound beaver are part of a new Ohio History Connection exhibit featuring extinct and threatened animals.
The curator of natural history, David Dyer, tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1pX2wm7 ) he hopes it draws attention to the human role in environmental changes that have harmful effects.
The exhibit, "Going, Going, Gone?," opened this week and runs until Jan. 4 in Columbus at what was formerly the Ohio Historical Society.
It includes a mastodon jaw and a stuffed bird named Buttons, the last wild female passenger pigeon. It was shot in Pike County in 1900. The last living passenger pigeon died at Cincinnati's zoo 14 years later.
The display also references at-risk creatures, such as a whooping crane and timber rattlesnake.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com