Archive for May, 2017

Eurypterids Hunting at Ridgemont Quarry- May 19, 2017- Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Society Eurypterids Hunting at Ridgemont Quarry on May 19 at 8am.  Eurypterids are the NY State Fossil and are relatively rare to find. Expect hard digging so bring hammers, chisels, pry bars and saw. And, you must have hard hates, safety glasses, steel toed shoes and reflective vests that most quarries require now.

Remember that Ridgemont Quarry is in Ridgeway Ontario so you will need a passport or enhanced driver’s license to cross the border.

Register by Calling Jerry Bastedo as 716-864-2701 or email at He will also provide directions.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry- May 28, 2017- Lockport, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry on May 28. Arrive at 7:30am, enter quarry at 8am. No late arrivals. You may leave at any time.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws and tools are not allowed. Must be 18 years old or older.Bring rain gear as the forecast is wet.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite. Celestite, Marcasite, Galena, and Fluorite; also few fossils have been found. They have been drilling in the “interesting” area we have been collecting in last year.

The quarry is located at 400 Hinman Ave., Lockport, NY just south of the intersection of Rte. 93 and Rte 31. The quarry entrance is west of the intersection of Rte. 93 and the Erie Canal. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Questions – call Don Lapham – 716-438-3794 or 481-6438.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip – June 3-4, 2017- Marmora, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Marmora is June 3-4. June 3- areas around Marmora. June 4- Aecon Quarry.

Saturday June 3, 2017: Byers Quarry, Tweed, Ontario, Canada: Meet at 8:30 AM for 9AM start. Gathering site will be 50 Hawkins Bay Rd, Tweed, ON (in front of Byers Salvage Yard). Expect to find blue marble and Amazonite Pegmatite in blocks. Later in the morning we will move north to the McCoy’s Narrows pegmatite for black Tourmaline, pink Feldspar and white Quartz. We must leave Tweed before Noon as the gate will be locked. If you are coming (and haven’t told me already, please let me know you are coming to get an approximate head count). The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines will escort us in.

MCoy’s Narrow Pegmatite is about 1 hour drive from Tweed. To avoid carpooling we will meet up again close to the site at 21980 Trans-Canada Hwy (7), Maberly, ON which is also the intersection with Rte. 36 (post office and Fall River Restaurant). McCoy’s Narrows site is on Dokken Rd, Perth (or Tay Valley), ON. There will be some digging in soil at McCoy’s Narrows – bring shovel, hoe, etc: but make sure all soil is removed before crossing into and out of Canada as US and Canadian Customs will reject you with soils on your tools. You may want to use a wheeled cart or dolly at McCoys’ as parking close to the rocks is on a narrow dirt road and some will be far away.

Sun. June 4, 2017: 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 may be asked to 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.
  • You may also leave the site to get food but must return before end time to check out.
  • 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 Field Trip to Fossil Collect in Lockport, NY on June 10, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY on June 10 at 8:30am to collect fossils in the Rochester Shale. Excellent trip for children.Bring hammers, chisels and collecting bag.

Meet at the Tim Horton’s on Transit Road across from Tops on the south side of Lockport

To register and get directions call Jerry Bastedo at 716-864-2701 or email

Officers and Board of Directors – Buffalo Geological Society – 2017-2018

For 2017-2018, the Officers and Board of Directors for the Buffalo Geological Society are as follows:

President – Craig Posmantur
1st VP  -Paul Leuchner
2nd VP -Charlie Ferguson
Recording Secretary- Alan Wilds
Corresponding Secretary – Marcia Binda
Treasurer -Dick Phillips
Director (elected)- Steve Birtz

Director (elected) – Jerry Bastedo

Director (elected) -Dale Russell
Director (elected)- Larry Wolf
Director (continuing)- Joe Sullivan
Director (continuing)- William Broad
Director (continuing) -Mark Castner
Director (continuing) -Marsha Binda
Geoletter Editor -Marilyn Broad
Program Chair -Joe Butch
Field Trip Chair -Don Lapham
Nominating Committee- Joe Butch, Mark Castner
Webmaster -Jan Barton

Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm from October through April. Meetings are held at a NEW LOCATION which is the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210.

Map & Directions


Buffalo Geological Society Profile

The Buffalo Geological Society is a club you can join for $15 as an individual or $20 as a family that offers the opportunity to learn more about fossils, minerals and lapidary as well as enjoy field trips, lectures, auctions and the club’s show in March at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. You do not have to have a geology degree…just an interest in crystals, fossils and lapidary.

To Join – Send check for $15 for individual, $20 for family to Buffalo Geological Society, c/o Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211.

While most quarries require kids to be 18, there are some pay to go locations (eg. Herkimer diamonds) and organizations (Penn Dixie for fossils) that younger kids can go.  And, while you are in a quarry pounding a way on a rock to get a crystal out, it is really relaxing such as taking a walk in the woods or sailing.  And, it’s FUN!!

The rock and fossil show is on March 25-26, 2018 at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Admission is $5, and children 12 and under are FREE, plus scouts in uniform are free, free parking.  There are lots of  beautiful crystals, fossils, demonstrations including gold panning, mini-mine, , jewelry, beads. The focus of the show this year is GOLD.

Erie PA Gem and Mineral Show – July 8-9, 2017

The Erie Gem and Mineral Show is July 8-9 (dated changed from 15-16) at the JMC Ice Arena, 423 W. 38th Street, Erie, PA. Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children 12 and under are FREE. Features gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry and kids activities.

Directions – Take I-90 to exit 27 to Route 97 north to Route 505, left on W. 38th Street and left into FREE parking.

2018- Buffalo Geological Society Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds – March 24-25, 2018

The 2018 Buffalo Geological Society Gem Mineral and Fossil Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds is March 24-25, 2018 with the focus on GOLD.

Demonstrations, mini mine, crystal jewelry, rock crystals, fossils, beads, gold panning, flint knapping, and something for everyone. Free parking.

Adults are $5 and children 12 and under are free as well as scouts in uniform. A two-day pass is $7.

March 24- 10am to 6pm * March 25 – 10am to 5pm

Held in the Market and Grange Building.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Cleveland Museum of Natural History, May 13, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip via chartered bus to Cleveland Museum of Natural History on May 13 departing at 7am, returning late afternoon. Cost is $25 which includes transportation, museum admission, continental breakfast. Seating is limited to 47 people, so make your reservation soon.

Depart from Apple Street Mall in Cheektowaga – 2875 Union Road. Park near Time Warner.

Contact Craig Posmantur for reservations at: or call 834-8935

Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter- May, 2017

The Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter for May, 2017 features the upcoming Banquet on May 5, the bus trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on May 13, new officers for 2017-18, field trips to Penfield and Canada/Marmora on June 3-4. Additionally, there are fossil field trips on May 19 to Ridgemont Quarry in Canada for euripides and on June 10 a field trip to collect fossils in Lockport.

BGS  Newsletter-May 2017