Archive for September, 2015

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon  Quarry in Marmora, Canada on September 19, 2015.  The trip was great because the rain held off  and garnets, epidote, pyrite, quartz chunks were found.

A couple of tips: leave at 11am on Friday so you can to beat the traffic (should be a 4 hr drive). Having left at 1pm – took me to 6pm to get there due to east side of Toronto 401  traffic jam.

Also, consider staying at Limestone B&B at 47 Forsyth St in Marmora -phone 613-472-5449 or email: $63 including tax and breakfast of two eggs, sausages, two pieces of wheat toast, freshly cut fruit, coffee, juice. Awesome – $85 Canadian with exchange rate, $63. And, AC in all rooms, two rooms have private baths/showers, other two rooms share a bath/showers, clean, tasteful, nice owners. Rooms are on the 2nd floor and all the rooms are named about minerals (I stayed in amethyst room – J Barton). And, it is on the same road as the quarry five minutes away.

  • Aecon Quarry - Marmora NY


Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry- September 19, 2015

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry is September 19. Contact Don Lapham at if you want to go – you must be a BGS member 16 years of age+.

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 and shirt sleeves must extend to the ankles and wrists covering both legs and arms. LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS 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 must 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 ($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.
  • Expect to find a plethora of minerals including: garnet, epidote, pyrite, quartz, calcite, magnetite, etc.
  • Suggest staying at the Moonlight Motel in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville, Ontario the night before.

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting – Penn Dixie- October 2, 2015- Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on October 2 at 7:30pm features Jerry Bastedo who will speak on Penn Dixie at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Buffalo Zoo off Parkside). FREE and open to the public.

Jerold C. Bastedo is currently the Executive Director of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center for the Hamburg Natural History Society and has been involved in the acquisition and development of the Penn Dixie Site since 1990.  He has a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Geneseo and a M.S. in Geosciences from Buffalo State.

Jerry has been previously employed as a geologist for the Buffalo Museum of Science; as an exploration geologist for National Fuel; and as a manager/Chief Geologist with Ecology and Environment.