The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

April, 2017

Dry Dredgers 75th Anniversary!

The Dry Dredgers welcomes Professor Nigel Hughes as our featured guest speaker this month. The program will be entitled, “Fossils, science, and citizens: a tribute to public engagement in paleontology.”

Nigel earned his PhD from the University of Bristol in the UK. Currently, at the University of California, Riverside, Nigel specializes in paleobiology, especially of trilobites. Much of his field time is spent working in India on Lower Paleozoic paleogeography and tectonics (particularly the early Paleozoic history of India and the peri- Gondwanan region).

Long time members will know Nigel from his time here in Cincinnati as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. After leaving Cincinnati for California, he became PhD advisor for Brenda Hunda who now has his previous position at the Geier Collections and Research Center. Nigel’s other claim to fame is his trilobite song with ukelele accompaniment. We might be in for a musical treat.

DATE: Friday, April 28, 2017
PLACE: Rooms 300 & 301 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE) Braunstein Hall
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Parking, Anniversary Meeting
by Jack Kallmeyer

Parking may be an issue for our April meeting. Not only do we expect higher attendance but DAAP across the driveway from us is having a big event the same night. Your parking passes will work as usual if you can find a space on the drive. If you find yourself needing to park in the garage at the bottom of the hill remember you will need a credit card to exit.

Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

There will be no Beginner’s Class in April as we will be using Rooms 300 and 301 for the 75th anniversary meeting.

April Field Trip: New Site for 75th
by Jack Kallmeyer & Kyle Hartshorn

Our 75th anniversary field trip will take the Dredgers to two Upper Ordovician localities never before visited by our group. The drive will be a little longer but you’ll experience new locations and new fossils. The first site is an outcrop of the Strodes Creek Member of the Lexington Limestone featuring spectacular stromatoporoid-Solenopora reefs. The second is where we will be back up in the Cincinnatian at a large back road exposure of upper Maysvillian to middle Richmondian strata.

We will rendezvous at the first site at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 29th. Directions to the roadcut will appear in the print and email versions of the full bulletin that goes out to paying members. If you are not a member but would like to join us, email Bill Heimbrock at and we will get you the info you need to attend the field trip with us. We hope you will become a member!

We will remain at the first site for an hour or so depending upon peoples’ interest and collecting luck. Directions to the second site, which is about 35 minutes away from the first, will be  handed out at the first site.

2017 GeoFair
by Don Bissett

This year's Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show of Greater Cincinnati (GeoFair) will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, at the Sharonville Convention Center. You absolutely will want to attend to see all that the show has to offer.

Here is a sampling of the offerings:
* Over 50 retail dealers selling minerals, fossils, jewelry, gem stones, beads, carvings, and so much more
* Competitive exhibits of fabulous collector specimens (this year's themes are Quartz and Invertebrate Fossils)
* Mineral, fossil, and lapidary demonstrations
* Mineral and fossil education centers
* Fossil, mineral, and gemstone specimen identification
* Mineral and fossil lectures by nationally renowned speakers
* Door prizes
* Free specimens for kids.

You will find a $2 off admission coupon on the show's website (

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