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.

Sat. June 3, 2017- Byers Quarry, Tweed, Ontario – 9am Start. Expect to find blue marble and Amazonite Pegmatite blocks. Later in day – to McCoy’s Narrows pegmatite for black tourmaline, pink feldspar and white quartz.

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 Field Trip to Flamboro- July 15, 2017- Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Dufferin Quarry Flamboro on July 15 at 8am, enter at 8:30am. No late arrivals. Located at 685 Brock Road, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Passport required.

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. 

NOTE: Also requires Orange or Yellow Fluorescent safety vest or shirt and reflective hard hats.

Expect to find crystals of Sphalerite, Fluorite, Marcasite, and Galena; Calcite, Dolomite, and Selenite have also been found.

Take the 90 West to 190 North to Queenston-Lewston Bridge into Canada. Head North on QEW into Hamilton (over big bridge). Take Exit 100 off of QEW for Rte. 403 West towards Brantford (avoid the 407 entrance or you’ll pay). Take Rte. 403 West to Exit 74 for Rte. 6 heading towards Guelph. At intersection of Rte. 6 and Rte 5 (at top of long hill), make the left onto Rte. 5 and follow until you see the giant LaFarge plant on the left. Pass LaFarge and continue to traffic light at Brock Rd. Make right onto Brock Rd and follow to Dufferin quarry on left. Gather at the office bldg. at the entrance.

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

Canadian Field Trip Information:

Laws have changed recently in Canada for Safety vests and clothing. You will need to update to the appropriate styles to gain entry to Canadian quarries. Please see this link for information. I have added a Word document you may print out to take shopping with you. Unfortunately, the new BGS safety vests are not Canadian legal (but addition of a “X” in reflective tape on the backs will make them acceptable).

Please note we should be wearing Class 2 apparel. Either a vest or T shirt will suffice. Your hard hats must also contain retro-reflective stripes and can be purchased as peel and stick tape at Safety Supply stores (Dival) or possibly Lockport Outdoor Store or Joann Fabric or Michael’s. Please note that I have done some searching for appropriate safety apparel in the US and not seen a lot of shirts or vests with the cross or “X” pattern on the back. You may need to add your own 2 inch wide iron-on stripes or travel to Canada to purchase the appropriate clothing (Mark’s Work WearHouse).

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

For 2015, 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


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.

2018- Buffalo Geological Society Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds – March 25-26, 2018

The 2018 Buffalo Geological Society Gem Mineral and Fossil Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds is March 25-26, 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.

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.

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