Archive for September, 2016

BGS Newsletter – September, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter for September, 2016 focused on the picnic, field trip to Limestone Quarry in PA, Field Trip to Flamboro.


BGS Newsletter- June 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter for June, 2016 focused on the Auction on June 10, The Banicks Rock Sale and the Marmora Field Trip.


Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc – October 15-16, 2016

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc is October 15-16.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016: Various Mines in the Kingston to Madoc area of southern Ontario, Canada.

Visit the Canadian Wollastonite Mine in Seely’s Bay Ontario the morning  then later in the morning traverse to a marble mine-quarry in Tweed, Ontario to collect blue marble and amazonite pegmatite. Later in the afternoon we will visit a quarry in Madoc, Ontario to visit a quarry with green marble, jade, and tremolite crystals. There is no restriction on the amount of attendees for Saturday, but only 24 may attend Sunday at Marmora. Power tools may be used at the Tweed and Madoc sites. The Tweed quarry may require a 400 meter walk in, but we are trying to negotiate drive in. All other sites are drive in.

Sunday Oct. 16, 2016: Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario, Canada Dig.

  • Limited to 24 attendees.16 years of age or older.
  • Must preregister with Don Lapham.
  • 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 must extend to the ankles covering both legs. LONG PANTS 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 (CN$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, actinolite, magnetite, etc.




Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip on July 27, 2016- Buffalo, NY

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip on July 27 to Almond, NY to hunt for sponges.

We were working in the  Canaseraga Sandstone-Caneadea Shale which is a part of the Upper Devonian Machias Formation.  Our group included Craig Posmantur, Joe Sullivan, George Schwartzott, Walt Drabek, Jerry Bastedo and Paul Leuchner.  Fossils of Sea Pens (Plumalina plumaria Hall, 1858) were found along with a few Glass Sponges (Clathospongiasp.).

A group photo is attached.  Shown in the group from left to right is  Paul Leuchner, Walt Drabek, George Schwartzott, Joe Sullivan and Craig Posmantur (photo by Jerry Bastedo).  In the second photo Walt Drabek and Joe Sullivan are marveling over a Sea Pens they had just unearthed (photo by Paul Leuchner).


Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic – September 17, 2016- Williamsville, NY

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic on September 17. Great food,  great stories, great mineral sharing and a fun time was had by all.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Flamboro Canada – September 16, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Dufferin Aggregates Quarry in Flamboro Canada is September 16 at 8am. Escorted in and out of quarry so no late arrivals and will be exiting as a groups. All day to collect.

Located at 685 Brock Road, Dundas, Ontario,  Canada

Orange or Yellow Fluorescent Safety Vest or Shirt required. Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, long pants are required, gloves recommended. Gas power tools and saw are not allowed. Must be 18 or older. Food and drinks are recommended.

There will be a blast while we are on site at Noon. We must leave the quarry during this event. We will return once it is safe. There will not be collecting on the blast (normally a blast is very dusty and crystals hard to see anyway). They will be actively excavating the blast once it is safe anyway. Collecting is in stacked boulders on quarry floor; always lots to find there. We may stay till 3 or 4PM.

Expect to find sphalerite, fluorite, marcastite, galena, dolomite, selenite and calcite.