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Dinosaurs in Party Hats… a.k.a. ECHO’s 10th Birthday

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 31, 2013

When was the last time you saw a velociraptor wearing a party hat?


Well, for me, it was earlier this evening at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s 10th birthday party. I volunteer there once a week, so I was invited along with all the other staff and volunteers and their guests. It was a fun evening with the usual — cake, “Happy Birthday,” and chatting — and the unusual… like dinosaurs in party hats.


Me being me, I found them too funny not to share.

So, here’s a velociraptor wearing a party hat:

(Sorry the video may be a bit shaky — I was doing this all on my iPad, not with a news camera and tripod.)

And the Oviraptor, also festive and making funny noises:

And a snippet from the exhibit, comparing a Tyrannosaurus rex skull (front right) to a Gigantosaurus skeleton:

In the background, in case you were wondering, is a Mapusaurus, which in my opinion are scarier because fossil evidence suggests they looked like smaller T-Rexes — and they hunted in packs.

I will throw this photo in as a bonus (taken on a day I was volunteering…). Rawr!




WCAX Spiny Softshell Turtle PKG 11/9/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — November 10, 2012

I filled in as a reporter again yesterday — and I got to go back out on my science beat for the first time in a while, which was really fun.

The piece I ended up doing was actually a follow-up to my previous piece over the summer on the spiny softshell turtle hatchlings’ release. This time, I checked in at the beginning of the wintering process — and this year is VERY different for the staff at ECHO, thanks to warmer weather this year that affected when the turtles hatched. Basically, they hatched early and so more of them (hopefully!) made it to Lake Champlain to hibernate in the dirt and gravel underwater there over the winter — but that meant that instead of 40+ hatchlings, there are only 8 this year!

Watch the hatchlings… they are SO cute!

Anyway, the piece rounded out the A block on Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m. on WCAX. (Poor Darren… you could tell he had a cold!)

I would have liked to get a second voice in the piece (I’d done informational phone interviews a few times that day with Vt. Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Parren, who rounded up the hatchlings for ECHO, but our schedules didn’t work out, which prevented me from interviewing him on camera). My photographer Shelly was great — she caught all the turtle winks and adorable poses the hatchlings were making.