Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip- LaFarge Quarry – Niagara, NY – August 27, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara, NY on August 27 at 7:30am. Entry at 8am. No late arrivals, but you can leave at any time. Must exit quarry by noon.

The quarry is located at 8875 Quarry Rd, Niagara, NY just north of the intersection of Lockport Rd. and Miller Rd. The quarry entrance is at the end of Quarry Rd. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, Reflective safety vest or shirt, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Must be 18 years old or older.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Fluorite, Sphalerite; also few fossils have been found.

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

Buffalo Geological Society Picnic- September 17, 2016- Williamsville, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic is September 17, 2016 at the North Forest Pavilion in Williamsville behind Tops on Main Street. It is a potluck but the club provides hot dogs, rolls and soft drinks.

It starts around 12:30, and we eat around 4pm. Bring a dish to share and your own cups, plates, silverware, table cloth. You can bring minerals and fossils to show, swap or sell and share great stories.

The Tops address is 5274 Main Street and Union in Williamsville- the BGS Picnic 2016 in on Forest just north of Main Street.

 

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to National Limestone – September 9-10, 2016

BGS Field Trip is Septmeber 9-10, 2016 to National Limestone Quarry, Mount Pleasant Hills, PA. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9:00 AM dig all day one or both days.

Sledge hammers, rock hammers, chisels, pry bars, etc are recommended as this is hard rock breaking. Do not bring carpenter hammers as they can shatter. We will drive into the quarry. We will be digging in both an operating quarry and in the woods behind the quarry (access to the operating quarry will depend on their work schedule and may not occur until late Friday or Saturday). Excellent Wavellite is found in the woods behind the quarry. Digging in the woods also requires pick and shovel work. We are working here two days to dig deeper into the wavellite layer in hopes of finding some nicer quality specimens.

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.

The quarry is located at 217 Quarry Rd, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA. The quarry entrance is just south of the intersection of Millrace Rd. and Heister Valley Rd. Arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 AM for safety talk, we will enter the quarry at 9 AM. Supervised children are permitted.

Late arrivals are permitted but you must sign in. You may leave at any time. We may stay all day both days. Bring drinks and food. Please bring a mineral or fossil specimen to donate to the quarry manager who is also a rock collector.

We may chip in about $20 each to pay for an excavator if one is available.

Motels in Selinsgrove or Shamokin Dam, PA may be difficult to find as this is also Susquehanna University Open House. Suggest looking in Lewisburg or even Williamsport for vacancies

Dinos from the ROM Plus ChiHuly Exhibit and Lawren Harris

More photos from the trip to Toronto with photos of the ROM’s dinosaur exhibit (awesome) and the Chihuly glass sculpture display and the Lawren Harris exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Minerals from the Royal Ontario Museum on July 9, 2016

Given that is too hot to hunt, a trip to the ROM to explore their mineral collection seemed appropriate, plus take in the Chihuly glass exhibit and then visit the Art Gallery of Ontario for the Lawren Harris exhibit. Here are some photos to share.