Category: Field Trips & Events

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry- September 19, 2015

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Marmora Quarry is September 19. Contact Don Lapham at don.lapham@peroxychem.com if you want to go – you must be a BGS member 16 years of age+.

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 and shirt sleeves must extend to the ankles and wrists covering both legs and arms. LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS 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 ($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, magnetite, etc.
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  • Suggest staying at the Moonlight Motel in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville, Ontario the night before.

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Society Field Trips – 2015

Upcoming Buffalo Geological Field Trips. Note that you will need a hard hat, steel toed shoes, protective eye wear, long pants and be a Member ($15 for individuals, $20 for families).

Field Trips for 2015

September 19 -Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 Regional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham.

October 10-11 – Walworth Quarry Fall Open House. Arrival at 6:15AM and safety talk at 7AM. Dig till 3pm on Saturday and 11AM on Sunday. Hard hats, steel toed shoes, etc. required. Gas saws permitted. Fluorite, dolomite, calcite, sphalerite, celestite and Selenite. Quarry is located at corner of Atlantic Avenue and Tiffany Road, Walworth (Macedon), NY.

Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group

Joe Butch is offering a Buffalo Geological Society Reading and Study Group that meets at 9am on the last Wednesday of every month over beverages, food, rocks and videos to discuss topics related to geology. Give him a call if you are interested in attending or learning more at 716-626-4927.

August 26 – Igneous Rocks and Processes

September 30 – Metamorphic Processes

Joe at the Show

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic- August 1, 2015

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic on August 1st in Williamsville had a good turnout as the weather was perfect, the grilled hot dogs and burgers on the grill were tasty, the potluck dishes were awesome and folks shared their summer finds and sold a few excess minerals. Here are some photos from the picnic.

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Fieldtrip to Lockport, NY – July 12, 2015

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society field trip to Lockport, NY on July 12th, 2015. Dolomite, dogtooth calcite and sphalerite were found.

BGS Field Trip to Egansville Over 4th of July Weekend – Postponed-Cancelled

The BGS Field Trip to Egansville over 4th of July weekend has been postponed.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trips

Buffalo Geological Field Trips for 2015. Note that you will need a hard hat, steel toed shoes, protective eye wear, long pants and be a Member ($15 for individuals, $20 for families). If you are going, contact Don Lapham at don.lapham@@peroxychem.com.

Field Trips for 2015

1. April 25 – Sterling Hill Super Dig, Ogdensburg, NJ for fluorescents. $21 per person plus $1.50 per lb of rock taken. Must pre-register at http://sterlinghillsuperdig.org.  Fluorescent Mineral Capital plus many rare species. Mine and museum tours included. Food and bathrooms available on site. Suggest staying in motels in nearby Franklin, Sussex or Sparta, NJ. (note this is open to the public)

2. May 2 – Penfield Quarry Open House – 746 Whalen Road, Penfield NY. All Ages. Arrive by 6:45 to sign in and hear Safety Talk. Open to the public. Well-supervised children and power tools are allowed. Hard Hat (bicycle helmet for children), safety glasses, sturdy footwear, long pants. Fluorite, Selenite, Calcite, Dolomite, Sphalerite, Galena. Must stay back 20 feet from quarry wall and drop offs.

3. May 22-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) – Hickory Hill, Fonda, NY. Biannual dig for Herkimer Diamonds. $10 per person fee.

4. May 29-30- National Limestone Quarry, Mount Pleasant Hills, PA. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9:00 AM dig all day one or both days. Please bring specimen to donate to the Quarry owner. Digging two days to work deeper into wavellite layer. Adults and supervised children. 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.

5. June 6- Niagara Peninsula Geological Society 49th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Heartland Forest, 8215 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON. Time: 10 am to 5 pm Cost: $3 (children under 12 free). http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/show.htm

6.  June 6-7 –  Wayne County NY Rock and Gem Show, Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua, NY http://www.wcgmc.org/12.html

7. June 13-14 – Pictarin, NY. Rose Road and Selleck Road. Rose Road is in Pitcairn, NY and Selleck Road is in West Pierrepont, NY. Finds last year included fluorescent scapolite, diopside, blue calcite, actinolite, tourmaline and mica. Good hunting. $5 per person. Stay in Clearview Motel in Gouverneur, NY or chain motels in  Fort Drum or Watertown.

8. June 20 – Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 REgional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham. Suggested motel is Moonlight Model in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville. $10 per person.

9.  POSTPONED- CANCELLED -July 3-5- 4th of July Weekend, 2015 – Egansville and Quadeville Beryl Pit, Ontario. Apatite, sheets of mica, amazonite, cleavelandite, titanite, pink calcite and tourmaline have been found. Combine with sightseeing and you have a great holiday vacation. Good hunting.

10. September 19 -Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario Canada. 6426 REgional Road 14, Marmora. Meet at 8:30am, enter at 9am and dig to 3pm. Must be $18. $10 Canadian. No saws. Must pre-register with Don Lapham.

 

Explore and More – Rocks and Geology – July 1, 2015- East Aurora, NY

Explore and More Children’s Museum will explore rocks and geology on July 1 afrom 11am to 3pm. Cost is $5. Located at 300 Gleed Street, East Aurora. Questions – call 655-5131.

explore and more rocks and geology july 2015 east aurora ny

Photos- Buffalo Geological Society Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds- March 2015


The Buffalo Geological Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show was March 21-22 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Kudos to Steve and Trish Birtz who tireless efforts again made the show a success as well as other club members who worked. Here are some photos from the show with members.