Teeth, Jaws & Claws: Why Are Birds Really Carnivorous Dinosaurs?
February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dale Gnidovec, Curator of the Orton Geological Museum at The Ohio State University, will tell us about Teeth, Jaws and Claws: The Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds are Dinosaurs. Dale will describe the tremendous diversity of theropods (the carnivorous dinosaurs) and fill us in on why so many scientists believe that the dinosaurs didn’t go extinct after all — because birds are just living dinosaurs.
In his role as Curator of OSU’s Orton Geological Museum, Dale Gnidovec takes care of over 54,000 rocks, minerals and fossils, along with the exhibit hall, and is frequently called on to identify rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. He is well known as a speaker in central Ohio, addressing over 5,000 people each year. His speaking venues include elementary through high school classes, scouts and other youth groups, parks, libraries, nature centers, retirement communities and clubs. Dale also teaches an Earth History course at Ohio State. [Editor’s note: it’s a fascinating course!] He writes a geology column that appears periodically in the Columbus Dispatch. Dale lives in Fairfield County with his wife, two dogs, three cats and two horses.
7:00 – 7:15 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.
7:15 – 7:30 pm: Conservation Spotlight: Carson DeCarlo, Troop 117- Dublin, Eagle Scout Project. Carson worked with John Watts of the Franklin County Metro Parks to put up 6 American kestrel boxes in suitable habitat in 4 area metro parks. Carson completed this project for his Boy Scout Eagle Award in the summer of 2016 and he looks forward to sharing his experience.
7:30 – 9:00 pm: Main program, door prizes
This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).