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Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to West Pierrepont and Pitcairin, NY – July 21-23, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society July 21 trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for Blue Calcite followed by visit to GardenScape Quarry in Gouverneur, NY for calcite crystals in marble.

Friday July 21 AM, 2017 9:00 AM entry:  Field trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for blue calcite, wollastonite, prehnite, etc. Has now been confirmed. Hard Hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, high visibility safety clothing required. Must be 18 years or older.  The mine address is 14009 Hermitage Rd., Harrisville, NY. I expect to leave the parking lot of the Clearview motel at 7:30 AM but folks may drive directly to the mine on their own.

Friday July 21, 2017 PM – Field trip to GardenScape Quarry, Gouverneur, NY has been cancelled and will replaced to Selleck Road instead.

Don Lapham needs to provide a list of attendees for Friday’s digs – please contact me to confirm you will be attending: or 716-481-6438 (if you haven’t already).

Sat. July 22, 2017 to Rose Road site, Pitcairn, NY. Mulitple metamorphic minerals to be found. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome. $5 fee per person.  Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Park right at digging areas.

Sun. July 23, 2017 to Powers Farm, West Pierrepont, NY for black tourmaline. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome.

$5 fee per person. Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Hike trail to collecting site.

Clearview Motel in Gouverneur, NY for base camp. 315-287-2800

Friday and Saturday’s sites will contain fluorescent specimens – both long wave and short wave lamps are helpful (and a black tarp to shield the sunlight). All sites may require a wheeled cart or dragging sled to move specimens to your car. Sunday’s trip is a short hike to the collecting area. Saturday and Sunday’s sites could require digging in soil as well as breaking rock – shovels and picks may be helpful.


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.

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

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).

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 Field Trip to Penfield, NY – May 6, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Penfield, NY on May 6 at 6:30 am for safety talk, dig from 7am to Noon. Late arrivals are permitted but you must sign in and you can leave at any time.

Open to the public – you do not need to be a member of a rock club to attend. But, you need to drive to the maintenance garage to sign in.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, long pants, and safety glasses required. Children are permitted to wear bicycle helmets and sturdy shoes (no sneakers). No sneakers for adults who must wear sturdy shoes if steel toed shoes not available.

You can bring gas powered saws, gloves are recommended as well as sledge hammers, rock hammers, chisels and pry bars.

Expect to find calcite, dolomite, selenite, fluorite, sphalerite, celestite and galena.

The quarry is located at 746 Whalen Road, Penfield NY.

Questions, Call Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 716-481-6438.

Buffalo Geological Society Banquet – May 5, 2017- Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Banquet is  May 5 with appetizers at 6pm, dinner at 7pm and 8pm is the program. For members only and the cost is $20 and is being held at Classics V at 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY.

The speaker is Josh Teeter who will speak on the Geologic Formation of the Finger Lakes  highlighting the unique combination of major geologic events beginning some 400 million years ago up to the present day that have led to the formation of the Finger Lakes Region, its lakes, gorges and waterfalls.

Josh Teeter is an Environmental Educator with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  He is the Finger Lakes Region FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship) Program Manager.

For banquet details and form to mail in for your reservation, click here– at end of newsletter.