The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

February, 2015

Waynesville Formation in Depth

Our featured program this month will be, "Looking at the Waynesville through a lens," by U. C. doctoral student Chris Aucoin. Chris intends to focus on some of the work he did this past summer in Europe as well as some thin section and microfossil work he has been doing for the Waynesville interval. This program features lots of pictures, lots of open questions and promises to be very interesting.

Chris has spoken to the Dry Dredgers on two previous occasions. In 2014 he discussed the famous Waynesville “butter shales” and the year before intrigued us with his work on dinosaur tracks and trails in Massachusetts. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and his Master’s from the University of Cincinnati.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, February 27, 2015
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, February 27, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. This month, Dr. Carlton Brett will take us on a stroll through the U.C. Geology Department. Dr. Brett will share stories and information. Be prompt so you can find the group.

2015 Field Trip Season Coming Soon!
By Bob Bross

Just a reminder: our first official field trip of 2015 will be on Saturday, March 28th, at 10:00 a.m. Location to be announced in next month’s bulletin. Be ready! Gather your collecting bags, clean the rust off of your hammer and knock the mud off of your boots.

Penn Dixie Weekend 2015 – First Email Notification
By Bob Bross 


By the time you are reading this note in the Dry Dredgers newsletter, you will already have received the first email for those who have already expressed interest in attending this year.

For newcomers: there is no up-front cost for you to sign up. Each person is responsible for his/her own transportation, lodging accommodations, and meals; signing up means you will have the latest info for weekend details, important contact information, sightseeing in the area, etc.

Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. Friday focuses on Ridgemount Quarry in Canada, so get that passport now; Saturday at Penn Dixie in Hamburg NY, and Sunday with a possible lakeshore trip. Any of those days can also be spent exclusively at Penn Dixie.

To be added to the mailing list, please contact Bob Bross, Dry Dredgers Field Trip Chair, at

Big Bone Lick Fossils Needed
By Brenda Hunda

The Cincinnati Museum Center is working in collaboration with the state park on a new exhibit for the Big Bone Lick Visitors Center. One case in the new exhibit room will feature the Ordovician story. The specimens that they currently have are of lesser quality so I was hoping that the Dry Dredgers membership would embrace this opportunity to get their specimens on exhibit at the visitor’s center. I thought perhaps that given it is a site of such important paleontological significance, the Dredgers could get really excited about it.

We are looking for exhibit quality specimens to be donated to Big Bone Lick State Park, not the Museum Center (although I am not against that either). But for the purposes of this exhibit it is important that Big Bone Lick can hang onto their own material on display. This would also be a DONATION, not a loan - the complications of maintaining loan documentation in this setting is not desirable. We are happy to facilitate the gift receipts, but ultimately the material will reside on exhibit at the visitor’s center and be owned by the park.

There are a few key taxa that are routinely found by visitors at BBL and these are the ones we are currently targeting:
1. Platystrophia; 2. Endoceras; 3. Loxoplocus; 4.Ectenocrinus; 5. Monticulipora; 6. Flexicalymene

Anything exhibit/display qualitywould be appreciated. Credit will be given of course. Just let me know if anyone is willing to come forward with specimens.

Thank you for considering this. It is much appreciated. If you would like to help please bring your specimens to the Februarymeeting. JackKallmeyer will accept your specimens on our behalf, will facilitate transfer to BBL and make sure that you receive credit and your donation documentation. You may also contact me directly at the Geier Research and Collections Center if you’d prefer.

April Auction
by Jack Kallmeyer

Our April meeting will bring about another fund raising silent auction. The event will feature materials donated by Joseph Stocker’s family. This includes a number of James Hall Paleontology of New York volumes as well as state survey volumes. The collection contains books useful to the beginner as well as the advanced collector. We’ll publish a complete list closer to the auction date. Fossils from this collection include many from sites no longer accessible to collectors. Your donations to the auction are welcomed as well so start planning now.

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