The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

January, 2016

It’s All About The Kope

The Dry Dredgers welcome Professor Carlton Brett as our featured speaker this month. Carl will be presenting his talk, “Shell Beds, Storms, and Cycles in Cincinnatian Strata: Lessons Learned from a 450 Million Year-Old ‘Layer Cake’.” Dry Dredgers are familiar with Dr. Brett’s enthusiasm and energy and can expect this talk to showcase those attributes.

Dr. Brett received his Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in 1978 and began a 20 year career at the University of Rochester that same year. We have benefitted from Carl’s presence at U.C. since 1998. An avid supporter of the Dry Dredgers, Carl’s scientific interests include the relationship between paleontology and sedimentary geology. One of Carl’s most familiar works is his publication with U.C. professor Thomas Algeo of, “Sequence, Cycle & Event Stratigraphy of Upper Ordovician & Silurian Strata of the Cincinnati Arch Region.” This field trip guide has been a valuable resource for many Dry Dredgers working the exposures along the A-A Highway.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, January 22, 2016
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
Click here for directions to the meeting room
Click here to see photos of previous meetings.and more info on our meetings


Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, January 22, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. Bill Heimbrock will explain how to use the Formations of the Cincinnatian Series to help find, identify and label fossils.


Field Trip Schedule For First Half Of 2016
by Bob Bross

Among the Christmas gifts you received a few weeks ago, hopefully someone was thoughtful enough to include a calendar. For those who like to plan ahead, filling all those blank spaces may seem to be a daunting task; fortunately, the Dry Dredges are here to help!

Please make note of the following dates for 2016 field trips:

As you may have noticed, there will be three consecutive weekends of paleontology activity from the end of May into June. Each of these expeditions will provide unique and varied opportunities; as that timeframe approaches, additional details will be provided.

We are working on determining where the sites will be for each field trip (except for Penn Dixie); several of our old favorites will be included, such as Indiana Route 1, while new and/or less frequently visited locations are planned. We are always open to suggestions on areas which you might know of.

Several factors are considered before choosing a field trip site: fossils able to be found, parking, safety, and enough room for everyone. When a locale is listed in our newsletter, it will include a basic description and its suitability for younger members.

A quick note about Penn Dixie Weekend: if you are interested, please contact Bob Bross, our Field Trip Chair, to be put on the contact list. It will not cost you anything, but will provide you with periodic updates of the weekend as it approaches. Bob can be reached at w8nfm@arrl.net .

One question everyone asks: when will fossil collecting resume at Lee Creek? The official name is the PCS Phosphate Mine in Aurora, NC; unfortunately, it is still closed to fossil collecting. If/when it does reopen for that activity, we will let everyone know right away. In the meantime, we kindly ask that you DO NOT call the mine directly to inquire.

We look forward to seeing all of you “in the field” this year!



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