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March, 2017

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The Dry Dredgers welcomes Colin Sumrall as our featured guest speaker this month. Professor Sumrall’s program will be entitled, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Edrioasteroids.”

Long time members will remember Professor Sumrall as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. From Cincinnati, Colin moved to the University of Tennessee’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences where he focuses his studies on phylogeny of echinoderms. His primary interest is on Cambrian and Ordovician echinoderm radiations from a global perspective.


TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, March 24 2017
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

There will be no Beginner’s Class in March as we will be using Room 301 for the annual Dry Dredgers auction.

March Field Trip
by Bob Bross

For our first official outside field trip of the new year, we are heading to Northern Kentucky to explore the Southgate member of the Kope formation. At our last visit in 2015, a number of crinoid calyxes were found, along with graptolites, gastropods, cephalopods, brachiopods, and bryozoa. No whole trilobites were found on that trip (as have been in the past), but the tempting signs of Cryptolithus tesselatus will make a fossil collector’s mouth water!

On Saturday, March 25th, we will stage at the Wal- Mart parking lot at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway in Fort Mitchell, and head to the site at 10:00 Directions: I-71/75 in Kentucky to the I-275 interchange. Head East for 3-1/2 miles to Exit 80/Kentucky 17 “North to Covington” ramp. The first interchange is Orphanage Road (Frisch’s is on the corner.) Turn left, and then take the first right to Valley Plaza Parkway; the Wal-Mart lot will be on your left.

The site is nicely sloped, shoulder parking is abundant, and traffic is somewhat light. As always: if you’re bringing small children, please watch them carefully when exiting the vehicle and/or crossing to the other side of the road (though the majority of the exposure is on the right.) All field trips are on rain or shine; in fact, damp conditions (while not the ideal situation) can help to highlight some of the fossils.

Finds from previous visits can be found on the Dry Dredgers Web site. See you there!

Annual Fund Raising Auction
by Jack Kallmeyer

We have moved the annual auction to the March meeting to clear the April schedule for our 75th anniversary celebration. We have over 100 lots for the auction at this time including old and rare books, children’s books, older versions of Cincinnati Fossils, a set of the original plates and captions from the 1939 original “Cincinnati Fossils” book, bronze trilobite drawer pulls made by Professor Jon Branstrator, three 36 drawer cabinets, fossils of various types and one Lego paleontologist in the original packaging. You may donate items for the auction but we reserve the right to hold them until next year if we are unable to process them in time.

As in the past, this will be a silent auction. Items may be previewed and bid on prior to the meeting in Room 301 but please allow us time to get everything laid out. After the program, the room will be open again for bidding up until about 9:45 PM. Bids must be in $1.00 increments unless noted on the bid sheet (some items have specific minimum bids and higher bid increments). When the auction closes, gather items with your winning bids and pay Dean Swartz by check or cash only. Should you have to leave before the auction ends and you were the winning bidder on an item, we will bring that item to the April meeting and you can pay at that time. We will not ship items. We will not take bids via email or phone.

Preliminary Information On Penn Dixie Weekend 2017
by Bob Bross

Over the past ten years, the Penn Dixie Weekend (our annual trip to western NY) has expanded to include several other sites. In 2016, this included Penn Dixie itself, Rigdemount Quarry just across the border in Canada, and a further excursion to the James Dick Quarry near Mississauga, Ontario.

Thanks to a recommendation from Dr. Dave Meyer, we are going to expand our travels a bit. We’re still calling it the Penn Dixie Weekend (and that location will be included), but the breadth and duration of the trip will be just a bit longer.

This is a tentative schedule, with additional details to be clarified as plans continue to unfold:

Wednesday, June 7th: a tour of the Ithica Museum of Natural History in the morning; planning to access a site in the Finger Lakes area in the afternoon.
Thursday, June 8th: a full day of exploration in the Finger Lakes region.
Friday, June 9th: options for Penn Dixie site in Hamburg NY or Ridgemount Quarry in Canada.
Saturday, June 10th: options for Penn Dixie site or James Dick Quarry in Mississauga, Ontario.
Sunday, June 11th: options for Penn Dixie site or James Dick Quarry in Mississauga.

For newcomers, here’s how this works: you make your own travel and lodging arrangements and, other than admission fees to the museum and Penn Dixie there is no cost. Members of the museum or Penn Dixie receive free admission to those places. You do not have to commit to the whole trip, and can cancel if you need to. We do ask you to contact our Field Trip Chair, Bob Bross, as  to be put on an email distribution list for the trip; Bob will send out a bulletin (updated as developments warrant) with details about the weekend.

There is no age restriction at Penn Dixie. You must be at least 16 to visit Ridgemount. Details on the other sites will follow as planning continues. Again – these are the preliminary plans, and some things may change. If you are interested, please sign up now – and if you are going to Canada, make sure you have a current U.S. Passport.

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