Our program this month will be presented by Dry Dredgers Vice President Rich Fuchs. His talk is entitled, "Scolecodonts of the Bellevue member, Grant Lake formation."
Rich is a native Cincinnatian who grew up on the West Side. He is a graduate of Roger Bacon High School and earned both a BS and MS in chemistry from Xavier University. Rich taught high school science and math for forty-two years, first at Roger Bacon and then at La Salle. This involved mainly chemistry; but it also included physics, astronomy, and earth science at times. He even taught math, from basic algebra to college level calculus.
Rich collected rocks from an early age, becoming interested in fossils in the late 1970’s. Shortly thereafter he joined the Dry Dredgers as a result of a suggestion from Dr. Richard Davis and a visit to the Gem and Mineral Show. A forty year member, Rich is currently the vice-president and program chairman.
Rich is a 20 year volunteer at the museum center in paleontology with the past 18 years being spent a the Geier Collections and Research Center. He was doing work for Nigel Hughes and Colin Sumrall even before becoming an official volunteer.
While Rich has been known to pick up a crinoid or trilobite, his passions are scolecodonts, graptolites, and trace fossils.
DATE: Friday,May 28, 2021. Via Zoom. Link to be sent by May 26th
TIME: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Beginner’s Class in Breakout Room
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Optional Chat in Main Room
8:00 PM Main meeting with program
PLACE: Via Zoom
We have a special treat in store for our May field trip. During the outing to discover fossils in Indiana, we are expecting a few guests – actually, there may be thousands of them. For those not already aware, the Brood X cicadas will be emerging at that time. If you are new to the area and have never experienced this spectacle, it will be a special treat as these creatures emerge from their 17-year slumber; however, more about them in a moment.
Saturday, May 29th at 10:00 A.M. is the date and time for our next venture into the “outdoor classroom.” It is also Memorial Day Weekend; however, as it is a 3-day work-free time for most of us, you can still explore the fauna of our past and remember those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our country.
We will be traveling to Brookville, Indiana. What might we find? As the Waynesville, Liberty, and Whitewater formations are exposed, one may discover a variety of brachiopods, Pelecypods, trilobites, cephalopods, and occasionally Conularia. Both locations are considered “fossiliferous” ((“of a rock or stratum) containing fossils or organic remains”). Success awaits the patient paleontologist; however, you will have a lot to choose from!
All field trips are rain or shine. Oh – and about the cicadas: they are harmless to humans, do not bite, and their appearance is a rare natural occurrence. Enjoy their presence – and their sound - as they will be gone by the end of June. If you’re curious about “interpreting” symbols on their wings, please visit: https://www.cicadamania.com/downloads/cicadaletters.pdf for some not-so scientific trivia.
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