Laurie Miller joined the COSI team in December of 2013 as the Manager of Living Collections. She enjoys anything to do with nature, kayaking, painting, and making natural cleaning and beauty products. She also fosters children with her husband and volunteers at Three Creeks Metro Park.
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.
Studying different species is the link between microbiology and our ecosystem. We have been studying animals from the beginning of the human experience and have not only learned a lot about how animals interact with the ecosystem around them, but also a lot about ourselves. Throughout history, we have had a fascination with animals and have benefited, be it through agricultural practices or to enrich our lives through companionship. Simply being in the presence of animals is enough to peak our curiosity and desire to know more.
This year marks COSI’s 50th anniversary of creating a space that nourishes innovation and inspiration for every generation. It is a great accomplishment and one worthy of a grand celebration. However, COSI is not only celebrating 50 years of being awesome; it is also the 30th anniversary of rat basketball!