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Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc – October 15-16, 2016

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc is October 15-16.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016: Various Mines in the Kingston to Madoc area of southern Ontario, Canada.

Visit the Canadian Wollastonite Mine in Seely’s Bay Ontario the morning  then later in the morning traverse to a marble mine-quarry in Tweed, Ontario to collect blue marble and amazonite pegmatite. Later in the afternoon we will visit a quarry in Madoc, Ontario to visit a quarry with green marble, jade, and tremolite crystals. There is no restriction on the amount of attendees for Saturday, but only 24 may attend Sunday at Marmora. Power tools may be used at the Tweed and Madoc sites. The Tweed quarry may require a 400 meter walk in, but we are trying to negotiate drive in. All other sites are drive in.

Sunday Oct. 16, 2016: 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 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 (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.
  • Expect to find a plethora of minerals including: garnet, epidote, pyrite, quartz, calcite, actinolite, magnetite, etc.




Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip on July 27, 2016- Buffalo, NY

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip on July 27 to Almond, NY to hunt for sponges.

We were working in the  Canaseraga Sandstone-Caneadea Shale which is a part of the Upper Devonian Machias Formation.  Our group included Craig Posmantur, Joe Sullivan, George Schwartzott, Walt Drabek, Jerry Bastedo and Paul Leuchner.  Fossils of Sea Pens (Plumalina plumaria Hall, 1858) were found along with a few Glass Sponges (Clathospongiasp.).

A group photo is attached.  Shown in the group from left to right is  Paul Leuchner, Walt Drabek, George Schwartzott, Joe Sullivan and Craig Posmantur (photo by Jerry Bastedo).  In the second photo Walt Drabek and Joe Sullivan are marveling over a Sea Pens they had just unearthed (photo by Paul Leuchner).


Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic – September 17, 2016- Williamsville, NY

Photos from the Buffalo Geological Society Picnic on September 17. Great food,  great stories, great mineral sharing and a fun time was had by all.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Flamboro Canada – September 16, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Dufferin Aggregates Quarry in Flamboro Canada is September 16 at 8am. Escorted in and out of quarry so no late arrivals and will be exiting as a groups. All day to collect.

Located at 685 Brock Road, Dundas, Ontario,  Canada

Orange or Yellow Fluorescent Safety Vest or Shirt required. Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, long pants are required, gloves recommended. Gas power tools and saw are not allowed. Must be 18 or older. Food and drinks are recommended.

There will be a blast while we are on site at Noon. We must leave the quarry during this event. We will return once it is safe. There will not be collecting on the blast (normally a blast is very dusty and crystals hard to see anyway). They will be actively excavating the blast once it is safe anyway. Collecting is in stacked boulders on quarry floor; always lots to find there. We may stay till 3 or 4PM.

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

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip- LaFarge Quarry – Niagara, NY – August 27, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara, NY on August 27 at 7:30am. Entry at 8am. No late arrivals, but you can leave at any time. Must exit quarry by noon.

The quarry is located at 8875 Quarry Rd, Niagara, NY just north of the intersection of Lockport Rd. and Miller Rd. The quarry entrance is at the end of Quarry Rd. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, Reflective safety vest or shirt, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Must be 18 years old or older.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Fluorite, Sphalerite; also few fossils have been found.

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

Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Meeting – August 31, 2016- Eggertsville, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Meeting is August 31 at 9am at Sweet Home Masonic Hall, 641 Sweet Home Road, Eggertsville, NY 14226. Doors will be open until 9am, if you arrive after that, use the doorbell to gain admittance.

Topic – What causes color variations in minerals of Western NY and Southern Ontario

Penn Dixie Engineering Workshop and Dig For Kids – September 10, 2016- Hamburg, NY

Penn Dixie is featuring a hands-on workshop for kids on engineering plus a fossil dig on September 10 from Noon to 4pm.

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, all grandparents are admitted free for this program. No other discounts or passes will be accepted.

Non-member children $10; Non-member, non-grandparent adults $9. Member children $5; Member adults FREE. Astronomy-only admission is $4.

Pre-register to save $1 per ticket

In a guided workshop, children will learn about circuitry and the inner workings of a flashlight. They will then make a flashlight using their knowledge of a complete circuit with batteries, wire, brads, plastic bottles, cotton balls, and other household materials.

Children will leave with their own flashlight to search for critters at night. This program is designed for ages 8-13, but younger and older children are welcome to join. Fossil collecting expeditions and nature tours will also take place during the program and our experts will be on site to identify geological treasures.

For those who wish to stay for the evening, our Mars, Saturn, and Scorpius program will begin at 6 pm with sunspot viewing. After sundown, we’ll be searching the night skies for the visible planets as well as the M13, M57, and M27 nebulae.

penn dixie engineering and dig - september 10-2016 buffalo ny


Penn Dixie 2016 Events

Penn Dixie offers the opportunity to collect fossils plus there are astronomy, birding, cross country skiing and other events.

Fossil Collecting- Adults 9, Children 3-12 – $7, children 2 and under are free.

March 19-26


Monday – Saturday – 9am to 5pm -Sundays 10am to 5pm

June 11 – Sepember 6 – Monday – Friday – 9am to 5pm

Special Events

May 21 – 9am to 5pm- Dig with the Experts- Generated $32,000 in tourism dollars

June 5 – 1-4pm – Children’s Day

June 12 – 8:30am to Noon – Penn Dixie Nature Cruise

June 26 -11am – 4pm-Trucks and Bikes Event

August 13 – 5-11pm – Mid Summer Night Adventure

September 10 – Noon t0 4pm – Engineering Workshop and Dig for Kids (free for grandparents)

October 8 – 9am to 4pm – Earth  Science Day

November 3 -6-9pm – Penn Dixie Fundraiser

Speakers- $5 for non-members

February 18 – 7pm – New Horizons to Pluto -at Gateway Exec Office, 3556 Lake Shore Rd. Blasdell

March 16 – 7pm – 20 Years of Collecting Dinos in South Dakota – Gateway Exec Office

April 21- 7pm – Geology of National Parks by Phil Stokes

May 20 – 7pm – Fossil Fish of the Lost Lake, Wyoming  by Joe PaleoJoe

Astronomy Events

March 26 – 7:30pm – Jupiter in the  East, Pleiades M45, Orion’s Nebula M42

April 9 – 7:30pm – Bee Hive Cluster M44, plus Jupiter in the East

April 20- 7:30pm – Williamsville North Planetarium Show

May 9 – 7am to 3pm – Transit of Mercury

May 14 – 7:30pm – Jupiter, Leo the Lion, 77% full Waxing Gibbous Moon and the Bee Hive cluster M44

June 11 – 7:30pm – Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Globular cluster in Hercules

July 30 – 7:30pm – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

August 13 – 5pm-Summer Nights Adventure

September  10- 6pm -Saturn, constellation Scorpius, Mars, 61% Waxing Gibbous Moon

October 8 – 7pm – Venus, Saturan, Mars, and more

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LaFarge Quarry Open House – August 6, 2016- Lockport NY

LaFarge Quarry Open House is August 6 from 10am to 2pm at 400 Hinman Road. FREE. Visitors will be taken by bus to view the quarry and blasting sites. Great fun.

Also, here is excerpts from the Buffalo News Article. Read the entire article.

The existing quarry yields 1.5 million to 2 million tons of stone a year, but only about a two years’ supply is left, according to operations director Tony Distefano. That estimate includes the so-called Murphy property: 9.1 acres on the north side of Hinman Road, for which the City of Lockport granted mining permission earlier this year.

The existing quarry, which has been in business for more than 70 years, originally was known as Frontier Stone, but it was sold and resold a few times. Lafarge took over the 300-acre property when it acquired Redlands Quarry in 1997. The latter name still is being used by Lafarge in its filings with the DEC.

The new quarry may last as long as 50 years, Galdenzi said. Distefano said about two years after it’s open, the primary stone crusher will be shifted to the new site, but a covered conveyor will be built over the road to move the stone to the processing equipment at the old quarry.

Although asphalt is the main product made from stone at Lafarge’s quarry, the quarry has other uses. Last week, trailers were hauling giant boulders away for use in a breakwall project in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

A driver secures some large rocks destined for use in a breakwall project in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY- July 2016

Photos from Buffalo Geological Society Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Lockport, NY- July.