Archive for July, 2016

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY- July 2016

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY- July.

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

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 LaFarge Quarry in Lockport- July 24, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY is July 24. Arrive by 7:30am, enter at 8am. Must be 18 or older.

Have GLOVES (new requirement), hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection and long pants. Gas powered saws and tools are NOT allowed.

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

The quarry is located at 400 Hinman Ave., Lockport, NY just south of the intersection of Rte. 93 and Rte 31

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

Don’t forget LaFarge is having an Open House for the community on Sat. Aug. 6 at 10 AM. Please consider volunteering at the Buffalo Geological Society booth or at least attend to thank LaFarge for their open policy on mineral collecting.

BGS at Lockport NY

Sam Ciurca, Buffalo Geological Society Member, To Be Awarded Strimple Award in Fall, 2016-

Sam Ciurca, Buffalo Geological Society Member, To Be Awarded Strimple Award in Fall, 2016 at the Geological Society of America Meeting. Congrats from BGS Sam!!! His claim to fame is Eurypterids – the fossil of NY State.

The Strimple Award recognizes outstanding achievement in paleontology by amateurs (someone who does not make a living full-time from paleontology). Contributions may be an outstanding record of research and publication, making outstanding collections, safeguarding unique paleontological materials through public service, teaching activities in the area of paleontology, and collaborations with others working in paleontology.

Sam Ciurca - BGS - awarded Strimple award in 2016

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY – May 29-2016

Photos from the BGS Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport found the weather sunny, piles of rocks to dig in and a few finds including this piece of Calcite and Dolomite found by Dale Russell.

Visit Dick Phillips Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk – July 22-24, 2016-

Visit BGS Member Dick Phillips’ Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk. There are multiple times to visit. He has an unbelievable garden! His address is 346 Pilgrim Road, Tonawanda.

July 21 and 28 (Thursdays) from 6-10pm

July 22 – Evening Night Walk – 8:30-11pm – See the garden with fluorescent minerals displayed

July 23-24 – 10am to 4pm – Garden Walk Hours (you can visit his garden and others in the area)

Visit Dick Phillips Amazing Rock Garden – July 22-24, 2016

If you didn’t get to go in 2015, make sure you visit BGS member Dick Phillips Amazing Rock Garden as part of the Open Gardens aspect of the National Garden Walk program. 

July 21 and 28 (Thursdays) from 6-10pm

July 22 – Evening Night Walk – 8:30-11pm – See the garden with fluorescent minerals displayed

July 23-24 – 10am to 4pm – Garden Walk Hours (you can visit his garden and others in the area)

You absolutely do NOT want to miss seeing his amazing rock garden. His address is: 346 Pilgrim Road in Tonawanda.

Dick Phillips Rock Garden- Tonawanda NY