Archive for January, 2016

East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show – August 12-14, 2016- West Springfield, MA

East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show is August 12-14 at the Better Living Center at the Eastern State Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Hours – 10-6pm daily

Admission is $6 for aduls and kids 12 and under are free.

What you’ll find at this year’s show:

This event brings together vendors, miners, artisans, and crafters from around the world – including Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Morocco, Madagascar and more – who sell everything from 50-cent tumbled stones to $50,000 museum-quality mineral specimens. About 200 retail and wholesale vendors are on-site who sell mineral specimens, fossils, gemstones, beads, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, geodes, decorator items, and lapidary supplies and equipment.

east coast mineral and fossil show - august 2016- springfield ma

Western Mass. Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show – April 16-17, 2016

The Western Massachusetts Mineral Show is  April 16-17 while the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in Springfield is August 12-14, 2016.

The Western Massachusetts Mineral Show presented by The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club has moved dates and location versus last year. The Show dates are April 16-17 (vs. the previousl March 19-20) and is now located at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley, MA.

Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free as well as scouts in uniformm. Features minerals, jewelry, fossils, gems, rock and lapidary tools.

Saturday – 9:30-5pm

Sunday – 10am to 4pm.

western mass mineral and fossil show - april 2016

McDonald’s Fossil Prep Lab at Chicago Field Museum

The Chicago Field Museum has the McDonald’s Fossil Prep Lab where you can see Museum staff working to chip away stone to reveal nature’s treasure for scientific research.This working lab is fully equipped with tables that hold 2,000-pound rocks, microscopes, mini-jackhammers, mini-circular saws, and mini-sandblasters that shoot baking soda (strong enough to whittle away rock, soft enough to not damage precious fossils). A special exhaust system removes the resulting dust from the air.

See Sue’s gastralia, a group fossil bones so rare and unusual that scientists aren’t sure how they fit onto Sue’s skeleton. Among the most fragile of T. rex bones, they are most often incomplete, badly damaged, or missing altogether from fossil finds.

mcdonalds fossil prep lab at chicago field museum

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.

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting with Dino Zack- January 8, 2016-Buffalo,NY

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting is on January 8 at 7:30pm with featured speaker, Dino Zack discussing the Fluorescent Minerals of NY. Held at Parkside Lutheran Church,  Depew and Wallace Streets, Buffalo. Open to the public.

Over 500 of 4000 different minerals are known to fluoresce. Zack will discuss various types of mineral fluorescents including Northern NY collecting locations, specimens and types of luminescence including fluorescence, phosphorescence, triboluminescence, thermoluminescence, tenebrescence.

Mr. Zack worked as a petroleum geologist in New York State for several years before switching to the environmental geology.  Mr. Zack is an active member of several professional affiliations including Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, Society of American Military Engineers, Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, and the Fluorescent Mineral Society. He is a Certified Professional Geologist, a Professional Geologist for the state of Alaska, and is currently working toward earning his Project Management Professional certification.

Mr. Zack presently works out of Buffalo, New York as project manager/geologist with AECOM Technical Services, Inc and provides oversight for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Superfund sites.  In addition, Mr. Zack is closely following the natural gas development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale in and around New York State.

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 Society Meetings

Buffalo Geological Society Meetings are held on the first Friday of the Month at 7:30pm from October through April featuring a speaker on a topic of geological interest. Meetings are held at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Zoo off Parkside).

All meetings are open to the public and are FREE.

Membership is $15 for individuals and $20 for families.

Upcoming Events Include:

May 1- Member Banquet at Salvatore’s

August 1 – Picnic

May – September – Field Trips

PBS – Life’s Rocky Start – January 13, 2016 at 9pm

PBS will feature Life’s Rocky Start on January 13 at 9pm. Learn more


Buffalo Geological Society Picnic – September 17, 2016

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 Auction – June 3, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Live Auction will be June 3, 2016. More details to follow.