The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

October, 2016

Traces of Life

The Dry Dredgers welcomes James R. Thomka as our featured speaker this month. The program topic will be, “ The tales traces tell: Interesting trace fossil discoveries in the Ordovician-Silurian of the Cincinnati Arch region.”

James spoke to the Dry Dredgers on numerous occasions when he was a Ph. D. candidate at U.C. His last appearance was in May of 2014. James had been studying the Silurian Osgood Shale at the Napolean quarry in Indiana as part of his work with Professor Carl Brett at that time. Dry Dredgers Tom Bantel and Don Bissett were very involved with James’ work at the quarry and were listed as co-authors on at least one paper. James is now Assistant Professor of Instruction in Geosciences at the University of Akron.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, October 28, 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, October 28, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. This month’s program includes an introduction to Ordovician sea life plus collecting our local fossils and how to identify them. Greg will also discuss what tools and strategies to use and reveal helpful resources from the club. There will be many actual fossils to see. This is a great program for the first time visitor and beginning collector.

Annual Picnic/Field Trip
by Bob Bross

The Dry Dredgers’ final official field trip for 2016 will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 in Frankfort, KY.
NOTE: this is the Saturday BEFORE our October meeting, so please mark your calendars accordingly.
We will gather at 11:00, eat at noon, and then head out to several spots in the Clays Ferry Formation (Ordovician).

This will also be our annual joint field trip with the Kentucky Paleontological Society (KPS), who will be hosting the event. They will provide the meats, plates, utensils, etc. Please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks, and a covered dish to share.

Directions from Cincinnati to Cove Spring Park, 100 Cove Spring Road, Frankfort KY 40601:

 I-71/75 South into Kentucky for 20 miles; take Exit 173 and merge onto I-71 South.
In 15 miles, take Exit 62 to US-127 South towards Owenton/Glencoe.
Remain on US-127 South for approximately 41 miles (it will take several twists and turns; while the road names will change, always remain on US-127 South.)
Turn left onto Old Owenton Road; in a couple hundred feet, take the first left onto Deadhorse Road.
In a couple hundred feet, turn left onto Cove Spring Road. The picnic area will be on the right.

Using your GPS, you may have a “preferred” way (38.218671,-84.851967); however, this is the simplest route with the fewest turns; it’s a 77-mile trip from the Ohio River to the park. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Bross, Dry Dredgers Field Trip Chair, at

You are urged to bring baggies, cardboard flats, geology hammer and eye protection. For more information, please visit:  and browse through photos of some finds from a previous visit to the Clays Ferry Formation.

Plan on attending this final outing of 2016, and spend some time with good friends, good food, and great fossil finds!

Fossil Festival Coming Up
by Jack Kallmeyer

With the Museum Center closed for the next couple of years, the annual Fossil Festival associated with National Fossil Day seemed to be in jeopardy. Not wanting to drop the event for two years, the Museum found another location to hold Fossil Fest - the Cincinnati Zoo. Because of the Zoo’s schedule of events, Fossil Fest will not be held in close association with National Fossil day but will occur on November 5th. The Dry Dredgers will have ID and information tables staffed by our members. If you’d like to help out on this please contact me at  Parking and zoo admission will be free for workers.

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