The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

October, 2014

Recognizing the Strata

Steve Felton at Sharonville's Trammel Fossil Park

Our featured program this month will be presented by Dry Dredgers member and well known expert on the Cyclonema gastropod, Steve Felton. Steve’s presentation will focus on recognition of the local strata. Knowing which Formation your specimens were collected in will help you identify many of your fossils.

As mentioned above, Steve is well known for his expertise on the Cyclonema gastropods as well as his discovery of Naticonema gastropods in the Cincinnatian. Steve has been published as co-author in both the Journal of Paleontology and Palaios. Besides being well known to our members, Steve has been recognized for his work by both the Paleontological Society and the Paleontological Research Institute by being awarded the nationally recognized Strimple Award and the Katherine Palmer award. These awards are given to amateurs in recognition of their contributions to paleontology.


TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, October 24, 2014
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class meets at 7:15 PM Friday, October 24, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room.

Greg’s program this month features an introduction to trilobites with a look at our favorite local trilobites and some exotic ones. The program includes videos, photos and specimens. As a special incentive, Greg’s famous trilobite cookies will be served on a giant plate sized bryozoan. 

October Field Trip
by Bob Bross and Bill Heimbrock


Our final outdoor field trip of 2014 will be a return to the popular “Horn Coral Heaven.” It’s nicknamed for the large numbers and size of the horn corals that can be found. The site exposes the Whitewater Formation. Multiple types of horn coral can found, along with a number of cephalopods and clams.

Mark your calendars now: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Note: while there is plenty of parking on the wide shoulder, cars do go through the area very fast. Please watch your younger children carefully. Also, wear long pants and long sleeves, as many of the rock edges are very sharp. The site is about 90 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, so make certain you factor in enough travel time to get there by 10:00.

 Directions to drive directly to the site can be found in the full bulletin that is emailed and mailed to paid-up members. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please email Bill Heimbrock at for directions. 

October Fossil Fest
by Jack Kallmeyer

Fossil Fest will be here before we publish our next bulletin so this is our last chance to fill you in on some details.

The celebration of National Fossil Day starts on October 15 with a free 7:00 PM evening lecture at Union Terminal. The speaker will be Patricia H. Kelly, Paleontology Distinguished Lecturer and professor of Geology at the University of North Carolina.

The festivities continue with a special reception at the Cincinnati Under the Sea exhibit on October 16 at 7:00 PM for Cocktails & Curators. From the Museum’s Mosaic publication: “explore Museum Center’s Ordovician Fossil collection - one of the largest in the world - with Brenda Hunda, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology. Member $20, non-member $25. Price includes experience and food. Cash bar available.”

 The main event will be held on Saturday October 18 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The Museum has planned a number of free activities for the Rotunda area and many more inside the Natural History Museum. Most of what the Dry Dredgers will participate in will be inside the Museum including fossil identification services, fossil displays and our club information booth.

Fossil Fest will include participation by a number of professionals including Dave Meyer, Carl Brett, Alycia Stigall, Kendall Hauer, Dale Gnidovec and Brenda Hunda. The Museum will be running a wheel of fortune game for kids with cool prizes. Big Bone Lick will be represented. Dan Cooper will be showing his preparation skills. Area children K-12 will participate in an Ordovician art contest.

Volunteers are still needed to help judge the children’s art contest. This will be done during the event on Saturday.

On Sunday October, 19 we will assist in the self guided field trips sponsored by the Museum as part of the celebration of National Fossil Day. We still need volunteers to staff two collecting sites on Sunday. Our duties will be to help advise visitors in collecting techniques and to help identify their finds. Check the Dry Dredgers website closer to the event for more details on Fossil Fest.

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