Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY on April 19, 2015

The Hunt is on and here are some photos of the LaFarge Quarry, David Russell and Don Lapham and the Dolomite and Calcite found. While minerals were scarce, just being outdoors and on the hunt was terrific on this beautiful, but cool and windy day.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry on  April 19. Arrive at 7:30am, enter quarry at 8am. Members only. No late arrivals. You will need a hard hat, steel toed shoes, eye protection and long pants. Gloves help. Gas saw not allowed. Find Dolomite, Selenite, Calcite. The quarry has begun blasting again in the good area in the old pit along Hinman Ave. Yeah! Questions, call Don Lapham at 438-3794 or 481-6438.

Quarry is at 400 Hinman Ave., Lockport just south of the intersection of Route 90 and 31. Drive into the parking area on the right before the office building.

 

Sign-Up By April 24th for the Buffalo Geological Society Banquet – May 1, 2015

Sign-Up by April 24th for the Buffalo Geological Banquet which is May 1 at Salvatore’s at 6461 Transit Rd. in Depew. Again the cost for MEMBERS is $15 and the club is subsidizing the rest of the cost of the meal. Dr. Rick Batt is this year’s speaker and will speak on Australia and New Zealand – Down Under Geology which should be both picturesque and informative. Again this year, bring a prize (rock, fossil, wine, etc).

Buffalo Geological Society Poster – Banquet 2015

6:30-Cash Bar

7pm – Dinner

8pm – Dr. Rick Batt – Speaker

8:45pm – Drawing for Prizes

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Society Field Trips

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Field Trips. Note that you will need a hard hat, steel toed shoes, protective eye wear, long pants and be a Member ($15 for individuals, $20 for families).

Field Trips for 2015

1. April 25 – Sterling Hill Super Dig, Ogdensburg, NJ for fluorescents. $21 per person plus $1.50 per lb of rock taken. Must pre-register at http://sterlinghillsuperdig.org.  Fluorescent Mineral Capital plus many rare species. Mine and museum tours included. Food and bathrooms available on site. Suggest staying in motels in nearby Franklin, Sussex or Sparta, NJ. (note this is open to the public)

2. May 2 – Penfield Quarry Open House – 746 Whalen Road, Penfield NY. All Ages. Arrive by 6:45 to sign in and hear Safety Talk. Open to the public. Well-supervised children and power tools are allowed. Hard Hat (bicycle helmet for children), safety glasses, sturdy footwear, long pants. Fluorite, Selenite, Calcite, Dolomite, Sphalerite, Galena. Must stay back 20 feet from quarry wall and drop offs.

3. May 22-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) – Hickory Hill, Fonda, NY. Biannual dig for Herkimer Diamonds. $10 per person fee.

4. May 30-31- National Limestone Quarry, Mount Pleasant Hills, PA. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9:00 AM dig all day one or both days. Please bring specimen to donate to the Quarry owner. Digging two days to work deeper into wavellite layer. Adults and supervised children. Hard hat, steel toed shoes, eye protection, gasoline saws are permitted with safety gear. Bring lunch, water, insect repellant. Expect to find calcite, strontiatnite, wavellite, quartz, a few fossils. Mt. Pleasant Mills is approximately 4 hours and 18 minutes from Buffalo.

5. June 6- Niagara Peninsula Geological Society 49th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Heartland Forest, 8215 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON. Time: 10 am to 5 pm Cost: $3 (children under 12 free). http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/show.htm

6.  June 6-7 –  Wayne County NY Rock and Gem Show, Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua, NY http://www.wcgmc.org/12.html

7. June 13-14 – Pictarin, NY. Rose Road and Selleck Road. Rose Road is in Pitcairn, NY and Selleck Road is in West Pierrepont, NY. Finds last year included fluorescent scapolite, diopside, blue calcite, actinolite, tourmaline and mica. Good hunting.

8. June 20 – Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 REgional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham.

9.  July 3-5- 4th of July Weekend, 2015 – Egansville and Quadeville Beryl Pit, Ontario. Apatite, sheets of mica, amazonite, cleavelandite, titanite, pink calcite and tourmaline have been found. Combine with sightseeing and you have a great holiday vacation. Good hunting.

10. September 19 -Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 REgional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham.

 

Contact Us- Buffalo Geological Society

If you would like to contact us, you can email: jbarton@bgsny.org.

If you would like to join the Buffalo Geological Society, you can join for $15 as an individual or $20 as a family that offers the opportunity to learn more about fossils, minerals and lapidary as well as enjoy field trips, lectures, auctions and the club’s show in March at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. You do not have to have a geology degree…just an interest in crystals, fossils and lapidary.

To Join – Send check for $15 for individual, $20 for family to Buffalo Geological Society, c/o Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211.

If you have questions about field trips, contact Don Lapham: donald.lapham@peroxychem.com
If you would like to contact the President, Craig Posmantur:c.posmantur@att.net

Directions To Buffalo Geological Society Meetings

Buffalo Geological Society Meetings are held on the first Friday of the Month at 7:30pm from October through April featuring a speaker on a topic of geological interest. Meetings are held at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Zoo off Parkside).

Route 198 – Scajaquada Exp

Left on Parkside Avenue

Underpass

Immediate Right on Depew Avenue

Parkside Lutheran Church is on the Right

Side Entrance on Depew to meeting- slanting entrance to door- go down steps into meeting room

 

 

Buffalo Geological Board of Director Meetings

Buffalo Geological Society Board of Director Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the Month at 7:30pm from October through April. Meetings are held at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Zoo off Parkside).

Buffalo Geological Society Meetings

Buffalo Geological Society Meetings are held on the first Friday of the Month at 7:30pm from October through April featuring a speaker on a topic of geological interest. Meetings are held at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Zoo off Parkside).

All meetings are open to the public and are FREE.

Membership is $15 for individuals and $20 for families.

Upcoming Events Include:

May 1- Member Banquet at Salvatore’s

August 1 – Picnic

May – September – Field Trips

Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group

Joe Butch is offering a Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group that meets at 9am on the last Wednesday of every month over beverages, food, rocks and videos to discuss topics related to geology. Give him a call if you are interested in attending or learning more at 716-626-4927.

April 30 – Trilobites

May 27 – Appalachian Geology

June 24 – Niagara Escarpment

July 29 – Earth’s Interior

August 26 – Igneous Rocks and Processes

September 30 – Metamorphic Processes

Joe at the Show

BGS Members Hunting Minerals

Dale Russell at Walworth in October 2013. Hard rock looking for that special find.

Don Lapham visiting the JC Holmes Mine while touring the Tucson Show in February 2013.

Dick Phillips and Kevin Strooband at the new Amazonite site in Eganville, Ontario over July 4, 2013 weekend.

Join The Buffalo Geological Society

The Buffalo Geological Society is a club you can join for $15 as an individual or $20 as a family that offers the opportunity to learn more about fossils, minerals and lapidary as well as enjoy field trips, lectures, auctions and the club’s show in March at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. You do not have to have a geology degree…just an interest in crystals, fossils and lapidary.

To Join – Send check for $15 for individual, $20 for family to Buffalo Geological Society, c/o Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211.