Buffalo Geological Society Awards Nathan Mutka Scholarship Fund – 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Awarded Nathan Mutka a $500 Scholarship.Nathan has been active in the BGS since the age of 11 years, volunteering at the BGS Shows and Auctions.

Nathan attends SUNY Binghamton as an Engineering major with a Geophysics  minor with 3.5 GPA. He is a recipient of the American Legion Award for Community and Academic Excellence. He volunteers at Habitat For Humanity, Friends of the Night People and had given his time at the Pittsburgh Community Spring Cleanup as well as participating in the National Youth Leadership Program. Nathan is also an Eagle Scout and made Geology and the Environment his Eagle Scout Project.

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show- April 2-3, 2016- Hamburg Fairgrounds, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Gem Mineral and Fossil Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds is April 2-3 with the focus on Crinoids. While normally it is in March, the Shrine Circus is coming to town and using the facilities, so it was moved to April this year.

This year there will be a dinosaur and its baby skeletons at the show. Dave Roeder will be there to answer questions.

Demonstrations, mini mine, crystal jewelry, rock crystals, fossils, beads, gold panning, flint knapping, sand in bottle making for kids and something for everyone. Free parking.

Adults are $5 and children 12 and under are free as well as scouts in uniform. A two-day pass is $7.

Held in the Market and Grange Building.

Buffalo Geological Society Banquet -May 6, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Banquet will be held May 6 at Classics V at 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The cost this year to members is $20 with the remainder subsidized by the club. The speaker is Chris Amo focusing on African minerals and collection sites. The favors are BGS coffee mugs.

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Jon Nickerson – February 5, 2016- Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on  February 5th will feature BGS member Jon Nickerson discussing “The Geology Cape Cod: A Condensed Version”.   Many of you may know of Cape Cod as a vacation destination famous for its sandy beaches and scenic light houses.  However, what you may not know is this peninsula’s place in North America’s geologic history.   Jon will discuss the Cape’s geologic formation, then present how it’s geology and geographic nature contribute to this land’s place in history, including its ties to New York State.  The presentation will consist of a blend of science, history, and features of human interest.

Jon grew up in Massachusetts, living north of Boston during the school year and living at his grandmother’s house on Cape Cod in the summer time.   He earned a B.S. in geology from Tufts University, then a M.S. in environmental science from Indiana University.  He moved to Buffalo in 1986 to take a position as a geologist and project manager with a local consulting environmental consulting company.  After 24 years in that field, Jon moved to National Grid where he us now an industrial energy efficiency consultant.

Buffalo Geological Reading Group – January 27, 2016- Eggertsville, NY

Buffalo Geological Reading Group is January 27 at 9am focusing on the Interpretation and Investigation of Banded Iron Formations. The group will meet downstairs at the Sweet Home Masonic Hall, 641 Sweet Home Road in Eggertsville next to the McDonald’s on Sheridan Drive across from the Sheridan Center Plaza.

buffalo geological society reading group - january 27-2016- eggertsville ny

Penn Dixie Announces New Executive Director

The Hamburg Natural History Society-Penn Dixie Board have hired Phil Stokes as their new Executive Director to replace Jerry Bastedo who served in this position for almost 13 years and previously as a co-founder and first President of the HNHS.

Phil grew up in WNY and completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at SUNY at Buffalo Geology Department before working on his PH.D. in Geosciences with a minor in Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Buffalo Geological Society Speakers – September 4, 2015 to May 6, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Meetings are held on the first Friday of the Month at 7:30pm at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside)

Upcoming speakers at the meetings are as follows:

September 4- Mark Castner- Seismography- Learn More

October 2- Jerry  Bastedo- Penn Dixie

November 6 – Carl Brett – Trilobites

December 4- Pot Luck Dinner and Silent Auction

January – Dino Zak

February – Jon Nickerson

March 4, 2016- Loren Babcock – Preservation of Fossils in the Cambrian of the Great Basin

April 2-3- Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds

May 6, 2016 – Banquet with Chris Amo – Minerals of Tusnab and Installation of New Officers