Archive for June, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara, NY – June 17, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip on June 17 to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara NY at 7:30am, enter at 8am, leave by Noon. Needs to be confirmed.

Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter- June, 2017

The Buffalo Geological Society Newsletter for June, 2017 features  announcement that the 2018 Gem and Mineral Show is March 25-26,  the picnic is September 9 with field trips on June 10 to Lockport to collect fossils and July 15 to Flamboro, Canada to collect minerals.

June 2017 BGS Newsletter

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).

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/gl_hvsa.php

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).