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

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Rose and Seleck Roads – August 12-14, 2016

BGS Field Trip on August 12-14, 2016 to  Rose Road in Pictarin, NY. and Selleck Road inWest Pierrepont. Possible stop at Friday morning at the Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY on Friday Aug. 12 (to be confirmed).

Finds have included fluorescent scapolite, diopside, blue calcite, actinolite, tourmaline and mica. Good hunting. $5 per person. Stay in Clearview Motel in Gouverneur, NY  at 315-287-2800 or chain motels in  Fort Drum or Watertown.

We will dig all day at both localities (two days at Rose Rd.). Collecting is on outcrops and in trenches. Shovels, picks, hammers and bars are needed. Bring food and drink. If we get access to the Valentine Mine, it will be a short stop of about 1 hour.

This is John Sander and Pam Biddlecombe on the hunt for fluorescents.

John and Pam on the hunt

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.