The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

September, 2017

We have had to change our Dry Dredgers field trip for this Saturday. 

 We will not be having a joint picnic field trip with KPS (that will be rescheduled for October).  Consequently, THE RENDESVOUIS POINT FOR THE FIELD TRIP HAS CHANGED.  See the directions from Bob Bross below.  

Directions to “staging area” for Saturday:   Take I-275 in Kentucky to Exit 77 (State Route 9, AA Highway) and head south for 3.1 miles to Exit 14 (Cold Spring/Alexandria.)  Turn right, and take the first traffic light into the Meijer parking lot; once there, turn left into the parking lot area furthest from the building.  We will gather there, then depart at 10:00 am.  NOTE: reset your trip meter in the parking lot; that will be important in case you are separated from the group.  

An Ordovician Konzentrat-Lagerstätte

The Dry Dredgers is pleased to welcome John Catalani as our featured program speaker this month with a talk entitled, “An Ordovician Konzentrat-Lagerstätte: The Dixon Mifflin Residuum Fauna.” John provided a detailed abstract for the program: “A unique limestone facies of the Mifflin Member of the Platteville Formation is exposed at the cement quarry just north of Dixon, Illinois. The Mifflin is Mohawkian in age; more specifically the Turinian Stage (Black River equivalent) and M4 Third Order Sequence. At this location and in addition to the unusual limestone facies, deposits of a pre-weathered residuum occurring in solution zones are occasionally exposed. It was in the residuum deposits that the exceptionally preserved fossils were discovered. Surrounding the limestone facies is the more common dolostone facies formerly wellexposed at the Lee Center quarry. The Dixon residuum fauna will be compared to the Lee Center dolostone fauna illustrating the remarkable preservation of the residuum fossils.”

John has a BS from Illinois State University with an MS from Indiana State University. He has taught science for 32 years at Downers Grove South High School (suburb of Chicago). John is a very serious amateur and like many in the Dry Dredgers has worked with professional paleontologists for many years. He has participated in several professional GSA national/sectional meetings and several NAPC meetings. John published an Ordovician nautiloid range chart for MN Geol Survey RI 35 in conjunction with the 1987 North-Central GSA meeting. He was a long time contributor to PRI’s American Paleontologist from 1995 to the last issue in 2012 by authoring "An Amateur's Perspective" column. John was honored by PRI by being awarded the 2000 Katherine Palmer Award.

TIME: 8:00 pm
DATE: Friday, September 22, 2017
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, September 22nd, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. Greg will present an introduction to Ordovician fossils and sea life. Tips on how to identify fossils and the tools that are needed will be discussed. He will explain how to collect and form a first class collection. There will be many fossils specimens to see.


Annual Joint Picnic/ Field Trip
By Bob Bross

FIELD TRIP CHANGED! See note at the top of this bulletin.


FOSSIL Webinar Features Dr.Brenda Hunda and Dry Dredgers
by Jack Kallmeyer & Eleanor Gardner

The FOSSIL Project is starting a new webinar series called FOSSIL Roadshow. This webinar series will be loosely modeled after PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow.” The date and time for the first episode is: September 20th from 7-8pm Eastern. The theme of this inaugural session will be trilobite identification. The live webinar will feature Dr. Brenda Hunda from the Cincinnati Geier Collections and Research Center and a number of Dry Dredgers who are offering their trilobites for interpretation. The purpose of the webinar series is public education as well as promotion of the featured club, the featured professional, and FOSSIL.

To see the live webinar as a guest follow these instructions:
Navigate to: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/room  Once there, click "Enter as a Guest" and type your name (important for NSF reporting purposes). Sometimes the AdobeConnect software will prompt users to install a plugin; please accept the plugin update, otherwise you cannot see the webinar. Attendees can either access the webinar on a computer or via the AdobeConnect app for smartphones (iPhone or Android).


If you are unable to catch this live event you can see the taped version later on the FOSSIL Project website: www.myfossil.org . You will need to be a FOSSIL member to view this so why not sign up early and join. You’ll be able to enjoy the other features of the myfossil website too.


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