Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry- May 28, 2017- Lockport, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry on May 28. Arrive at 7:30am, enter quarry at 8am. No late arrivals. You may leave at any time.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws and tools are not allowed. Must be 18 years old or older.Bring rain gear as the forecast is wet.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite. Celestite, Marcasite, Galena, and Fluorite; also few fossils have been found. They have been drilling in the “interesting” area we have been collecting in last year.

The quarry is located at 400 Hinman Ave., Lockport, NY just south of the intersection of Rte. 93 and Rte 31. The quarry entrance is west of the intersection of Rte. 93 and the Erie Canal. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Questions – call Don Lapham – 716-438-3794 or 481-6438.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip – June 3-4, 2017- Marmora, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Marmora is June 3-4. June 3- areas around Marmora. June 4- Aecon Quarry.

Sat. June 3, 2017- Byers Quarry, Tweed, Ontario – 9am Start. Expect to find blue marble and Amazonite Pegmatite blocks. Later in day – to McCoy’s Narrows pegmatite for black tourmaline, pink feldspar and white quartz.

Sun. June 4, 2017: Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario, Canada Dig.

  • Limited to 24 attendees.
  • 16 years of age or older.
  • Must preregister with Don Lapham (donald.lapham@peroxychem.com ).
  • Access will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please meet at the Mine entrance at 8:30 AM. No late arrivals. There will be a check in check out system.
  • Hard Hats, Steel toed boots (covering above the ankle), eye protection, and orange, green or yellow reflective safety vests are required. Gloves are also highly recommended. Don Lapham has now been certified in First Aid/CPR/AED but if you have similar certification, please bring it with you to support.
  • Pants must extend to the ankles covering both legs. LONG PANTS ONLY.
  • A completed roster is to be submitted ahead of time and will be cross referenced to the waiver that is required to be signed upon entering the site on the day of the visit.
  • Photo ID will be required as confirmation of attendance.
  • Each member may be asked to provide proof of current BGS membership (please contact Don Lapham if you do not have your Buffalo Club membership card)
  • The use of power tools & micro-blasters is NOT permitted.
  • Aecon allows the collection of specimens in accordance with the generally accepted procedures and practice of Hobby Mineral Collecting only. Acceptable uses for samples collected are for display and exchange only. Aecon is committed to education and will deny access to those who sell specimens for a profit.
  • No trailers or excessive quantities of minerals will be allowed to be collected.
  • As a thank you to Aecon for the privilege of collecting and taking material from this site an entry donation (CN$10 per collector) shall be collected. A check (made payable to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club) for the total amount of each visit donation shall be sent to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum.
  • Bring drinks and lunch. All garbage generated during the visit must be removed from the site.
  • You may also leave the site to get food but must return before end time to check out.
  • Expect to find a plethora of minerals including: garnet, epidote, pyrite, quartz, calcite, magnetite, etc.
  • http://www.mindat.org/loc-15212.html

Suggest staying at the Moonlight Motel in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville, Ontario the night before.

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Flamboro- July 15, 2017- Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Dufferin Quarry Flamboro on July 15 at 8am, enter at 8:30am. No late arrivals. Located at 685 Brock Road, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Passport required.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws and tools are not allowed. Must be 18 years old or older. 

NOTE: Also requires Orange or Yellow Fluorescent safety vest or shirt and reflective hard hats.

Expect to find crystals of Sphalerite, Fluorite, Marcasite, and Galena; Calcite, Dolomite, and Selenite have also been found.

Take the 90 West to 190 North to Queenston-Lewston Bridge into Canada. Head North on QEW into Hamilton (over big bridge). Take Exit 100 off of QEW for Rte. 403 West towards Brantford (avoid the 407 entrance or you’ll pay). Take Rte. 403 West to Exit 74 for Rte. 6 heading towards Guelph. At intersection of Rte. 6 and Rte 5 (at top of long hill), make the left onto Rte. 5 and follow until you see the giant LaFarge plant on the left. Pass LaFarge and continue to traffic light at Brock Rd. Make right onto Brock Rd and follow to Dufferin quarry on left. Gather at the office bldg. at the entrance.

Questions, please contact Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 716-481-6438 24 hours before the dig.

Canadian Field Trip Information:

Laws have changed recently in Canada for Safety vests and clothing. You will need to update to the appropriate styles to gain entry to Canadian quarries. Please see this link for information. I have added a Word document you may print out to take shopping with you. Unfortunately, the new BGS safety vests are not Canadian legal (but addition of a “X” in reflective tape on the backs will make them acceptable).

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/gl_hvsa.php

Please note we should be wearing Class 2 apparel. Either a vest or T shirt will suffice. Your hard hats must also contain retro-reflective stripes and can be purchased as peel and stick tape at Safety Supply stores (Dival) or possibly Lockport Outdoor Store or Joann Fabric or Michael’s. Please note that I have done some searching for appropriate safety apparel in the US and not seen a lot of shirts or vests with the cross or “X” pattern on the back. You may need to add your own 2 inch wide iron-on stripes or travel to Canada to purchase the appropriate clothing (Mark’s Work WearHouse).

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Fossil Collect in Lockport, NY on June 10, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY on June 10 at 8:30am to collect fossils in the Rochester Shale. Excellent trip for children.Bring hammers, chisels and collecting bag.

Meet at the Tim Horton’s on Transit Road across from Tops on the south side of Lockport

To register and get directions call Jerry Bastedo at 716-864-2701 or email jcbastedo@gmail.com