FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT
HOWE’S CAVE MINING AND MINERAL MUSEUM
HELDERBERG FOSSIL QUARRIES
OF THE CATSKILL, N.Y. AREA
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 28 & MAY 29, 2022
Meeting up both days at 10:00 A.M. – Sharp
This Field Trip will include an underground cave, a museum (The Cave House Museum of Mining and Geology), and 2 or 3 quarries in the Catskill area of New York. All of the sites are in the Helderberg Group (Lower Devonian) and are rich in marine invertebrate fossils, including cephalopods and trilobites.
The Catskills represents a diverse range of Paleozoic phyla. Some of the more notable items found are the Hindia sp. (Sponges that look like golf balls) and Platycerus gastropods that come in a wide variety of morphologies. Crinoid “hold fasts” are also common in several layers. This site has an enormous variety of Brachiopods and some trilobites have been found. Recently, vertebrate (fish) coprolites have also been reported. The limestone formations found at this site are Early Devonian, ranging around 400 million years. Crystals may also be found in this rock.
The Field Trip Leader and Coordinator will be Chris Marotta
Note: All those attending must be members of the New York Paleontological Society.
In addition to fossil collecting, we will also see a museum and go into an underground cave ( all free to people on this trip).
A field guide by will be available for those attending at approximately cost.
For more information, you can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT
FOSSILS OF THE BUFFALO, NEW YORK AREA
PENN DIXIE QUARRY & MORE
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, 2022
Plus another day
The focus of this trip will be to the famous Penn Dixie quarry in Penn Dixie Fossil Park in Hamburg, N.Y. - close to the city of Buffalo. Once a year, they host a special event called “Dig with the Experts” which is open to the public when you can collect in freshly excavated sections of this quarry, guaranteeing some nice finds for attendees. The fossils are from the Middle Devonian Windom Shale Member of Moscow Formation, containing trilobites, cephalopods, fish remains, brachiopods, corals, fossilized wood, and a range of other marine invertebrates. There will be expert volunteers present - including scientists, leading fossil collectors, and experts on local geology, so you can get very good fossil identification and information on the geology of the site during the dig. The days for this event are Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 only.
We are also working on another day of collecting in the region on either the Friday before or Monday after the Penn Dixie event. Details of this collecting are still being finalized, but may include a side trip to other sites from the Devonian in the area.
The Field Trip Leaders and Coordinators will be Mike Katsar & Ray McKinney
Note, there is no cost charged by our Society for attendance, but Penn Dixie does charge for admission to this special collecting opportunity.
Note: All those attending for the N.Y.P.S. part of the trip must be members of the New York Paleontological Society.
For more information, you may contact Mike Katsar at email@example.com.