The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

May 2022
Fort Payne Crinoids

The Dry Dredgers welcome William Morgan as our guest speaker this month. Bill’s talk is entitled, Some Museum Specimens of Fort Payne Crinoids and Blastoids. This talk will be based on his latest book, Collector's Guide to Fort Payne Crinoids and Blastoids, Indiana University Press, 2021. The book is available form IUP as well as Amazon and other sellers.

William Morgan is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy at UT Health San Antonio, Texas. Since his retirement he has published three books on invertebrate paleontology: Collector’s Guide to Crawfordsville Crinoids (2014), Collector’s Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids (2016), and Collector’s Guide to Fort Payne Crinoids and Blastoids (2021).

DATE: Friday, May 27, 2022
Via Zoom. Link to be sent to members by May 25
           7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Beginner’s Class Breakout Room
            7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Informal Chat Main Room
            8:00 PM Main meeting with program

Beginner’s Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner's Class will be via Zoom from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on May 27nd. It will be held before the general meeting. This month's class will be presented by Greg Courtney: Introduction to Ordovician sea life and Cincinnati's world-famous fossils. This program is for new and recently joined members and will focus on how to collect fossils for the beginner. Greg Courtney will show two of his Facebook albums to illustrate his program.

This class will be managed through the Zoom Breakout Room feature. Once you have joined the general meeting (using the link provided by Jack Kallmeyer on May 25th) you will need to locate the Breakout Room icon at the bottom of your screen and click it. Next click on the Beginner's Class Breakout Room (there will be only one choice) and then click Join. By clicking Leave Room you may return to the main meeting at any time. The Beginner's Class Breakout Room will end promptly at 8:00 PM and you will automatically be returned to the main meeting

If you join the main meeting and do not see the Breakout Room icon, you need to ask Jack, who will be in the main meeting, to let you into the Beginner's Class Breakout Room.


May Field Trip – What Defines a “Copacetic” Field Trip for May?
By Bob Bross

Once again, we look to Webster for a proper definition: “copacetic/ adjective ‘- in excellent order’.” For our area, the best place to find fossils in excellent order is the Kope formation.

On Saturday, May 28th, we will gather at 10 AM at a Northern Kentucky Kope site to explore the mysteries of this unique shale layer; hated by highway construction engineers for its soft base, beloved by paleontologists for the array of fossilized ocean creatures from long ago.

The location offers excellent off-road parking, and the gentle grade allows easy access for younger explorers. It is a great place for graptolites, brachiopods, gastropods, pelecypods, and trilobites. Pieces of Cryptolithus can be found; might you be the one to find a complete one? Keep an eye out for a crinoid calyx; they are there as well.

Our weather the past few weeks has been ranging from 80+ degrees to below freezing; however, our May trip should feature nice weather; of course, remember the trip is rain or shine. See you on the slopes!

The exact location and driving instructions to this site can be found in the full Bulletin sent to paid members via email and/or snail mail. If you are not a member. but would like to come with us. you may. Email Bill Heimbrock at or Bob Bross at

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