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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.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Lockport, NY – July 12, 2015

The BGS Field Trip to the LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, NY on Sunday July 12, 2015 has been confirmed.

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.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Gas powered saws are not allowed.

 Please arrive by 7:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 8:00 AM. No late arrivals are permitted. You may leave at any time.

Sledge hammers, rock hammers, chisels, pry bars, etc are recommended as this is hard rock breaking. Do not bring carpenter hammers as they can shatter. We will drive into the quarry. Food and drinks are recommended.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite and possibly Celestite and Fluorite also few fossils have been found. The quarry continues to blast in the good area in the old pit along Hinman Ave.

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


Visit Dick Phillips Amazing Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk – July, 2015

Visit BGS member Dick Phillips Amazing Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk which is July 18-19 from 10am to 4:30pm. AND, you can also visit during the Ken-Ton NIGHT Garden Walk which is July 17-18 from 8:30pm to 11pm when he has areas of fluorescents and UV lights available.

Plus, he is participating in the Open Gardens aspect of the National Garden Walk program which means his garden is open to the public on Thursdays from July 9 to July 30 from 2-6pm.

You absolutely do NOT want to miss seeing his amazing rock garden. His address is: 346 Pilgrim Road in Tonawanda.

Headquarters for the overall  free Ken-Ton Garden Walk: Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda, NY 14223. 

Dick Phillips Rock Garden-  Tonawanda NY


Buffalo Geological Society Picnic- August 1, 2015- Williamsville, NY

The Annual Buffalo Geological Society Picnic is being held earlier and at a different location this year. Everything else will be the same meaning it is a potluck with hot dogs, buns and soda, coffee and tea provided. Bring your own place setting – plates, silverware, cups as well as stories, best finds, stuff to sell or trade, free stuff that your house can not harbor any more. Starts at 12:30pm.

Held at North Forest Park at 85 North Forest Road in Williamsville. Park Entrance is across the street from an Army Reserve Station.

Aecon Marmora Mine Field Trip – June 20, 2015- Canada

Saturday June 20, 2015: Aecon Marmora Mine Field Trip:

  • Limited to 24 attendees (12 have already signed up including Don Lapham, leader). Empty spaces not filled by BGS members by June 14 will be opened up to the local Canadian clubs to fill the roster. 16 years of age or older.
  • 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,..
  • Suggest staying at the Moonlight Motel in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville, Ontario the night before.

Niagara Geological Society Show- June 6, 2015- Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Geological Society Show is June 6 from 10am to 5pm at Heartland Forest, 8215 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, Canada. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are FREE. Features minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, demostrations, displays, beads and more.

Directions from Buffalo

QEW to Lyons Creek Road

Turn Left onto Lyons Creek Road

Right on Montrose Road

Left on Chippawa Creek Road

Right onto Kalar Road

Parking is free.


Ruth and Bruce Banicks Mineral and Fossil Sale – June 12-14, 2015

The Banicks are having a super mineral and fossil sale on June 12-14 from 9am to 5pm at 3811 Schintzius Road in East Eden, NY. They have 150 flats of minerals, exhibit cases, 2-3 cup sphere machines and spheres, carving material, rough agate, minerals and fossils.

(FYI – it is also both of their birthdays on June 14th)

Call 992-3117 for more info.


BGS Field Trip -Herkimer Diamond Dig at Hickory Hill – May 21-25, 2015

May 21 through May 25, Hickory Hill Herkimer Diamond Mine in Fonda, NY is open for collecting (only twice a year).Hickory Hill is a fee to collect per day site, children are welcome and no hard hats or steel toed shoes required. Digging in soil or hard rock are available. No power tools allowed. Bring insect repellant and sun screen as the site is in as clearing in the woods.

For those interested some of us are staying at the Holiday Inn JOHNSTOWN-GLOVERSVILLE,  308 North Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095-1095. Other motels are also located in Johnstown, Amsterdam and Canajoharie, NY.

The site is located south of Hickory Hill Rd. just west of the intersection of Hickory Hill and Barker Rd.

Herkimer Diamond


Fossil Dig With Experts at Penn Dixie – May 16, 2015 – Blasdell, NY

Dig with the Experts at Penn Dixie is May 16 from 9am to 4pm. It is a fossil dig with folks from the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers members, Dan Cooper, Don Bissett and Matt Phillips. It costs $25 for Penn Dixie members and $30 for non-members. Each year they excavate a new area with fresh layers of the Smokes Creek trilobite layer so it is a fantastic time to hunt. Call 716-627-4560 to register.dig with the experts at penn dixie may 2015 blasdell ny


Long-Necked Dinosaurs from Utah – Penn Dixie- May 15, 2015- Blasdell, NY

Joe Kochdl, “Paleo Joe” will present an illustrated lecture with specimens on Long-necked Dinosaurs from Utah on May 15 at 7pm the the Penn Dixie meeting in the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Open to the Public and the cost is $5, free for Penn Dixie members.

He describes the Utah dig site where they have discovered 11 long-necked dinosaurs – ALL TEENAGERS – and hear what happened to them 155 million years ago. Learn about the myths and legends surrounding these behemoths and what has been discovered using modern scientific techniques and study. How did they live, what did they eat, how did they survive so many millions of years ago. Why were they so successful for so long? Learn about the environment they lived in and some of the habits of these gentle giants.

Long-Necked Dinosaurs from Utah - Penn Dixie- May 15, 2015- Blasdell, NY