The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

September 2018

The Animals of Mazon Creek  

The Dry Dredgers welcome Tom Williams as our featured speaker this month. Tom will be speaking about the Mazon Creek Fauna focusing on the animals.

Tom is a graduate of Western Illinois University in Geology and later received a Master of Science in Geohydrology at Illinois State. He has worked for over 30 years as a geologist for Soil Testing Services Consultants, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Superfund and as a Field Inspector for Water Pollution Control. As a part time instructor at Illinois State, Tom teaches Geologic Environmental classes including Environmental Regulations and Programs. He has contributed articles to several MAPS digests and has been Show Chairman for MAPS EXPO since 2009. Tom spent many hours collecting Mazon Creek concretions while learning other aspects of Illinois and Midwestern Geology. Toms poke to the Dry Dredgers in 2016 about Mazon Creek fossils and the famous Pit 11.

TIME: 8:00 pm
DATE: Friday, September 28, 2018
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 28th in room 300 (NOTE NEW ROOM), one floor up from the regular meeting room. Greg will present an introduction to Ordovician sea life fauna and fossil hunting info for the beginner. This will include an Internet slide show of the Under the Sea Fossil exhibit. We can tour this exhibit in person at a later date. The introductory information and specimen information is easier to convey in class than when crowded in front of a case. There are over 350 photos with close ups and commentary. Actual fossils will be presented as well.

September Picnic Field Trip with the KPS
by Bill Heimbrock

Our annual joint picnic and field trip with the Kentucky Paleontological Society will be on Saturday, September 29th starting 10:00 am at Frederick’s Landing in Wilder, KY (GPS 39.050887, -84.489965). As hosts, the Dry Dredgers will be providing the meats and grilling accessories for the picnic. Please bring a covered dish to share and your personal drinks. This shelter has a refrigerator if you are bringing a cold dessert. Napkins, cups, ice, utensils, plates, etc. will be provided.

RSVP is strongly requested byTuesday, September 25. Email BillHeimbrock at and let him know the number of people coming (for food) and the number of cars (for parking). Parking passes will be handed out to each car as they arrive. We will start gathering at 10:00; grilling and lunch will begin at 11:00. Bob Bross will be our GrillMaster. By 12:30, we will be getting ready to start fossil hunting.

This year we will caravan down a scenic byway in Northern Kentucky checking out several road cuts. Most of these road cuts expose the Kope Formation. For this trip, we will feature the Southgate’s Pioneer Valley submember. Matthew Speights and Bill Heimbrock will be our guides. You can find good numbers of nautiloid cephalopods, four or five different species of trilobites, a surprising variety of brachiopod species (try to collect at least one of each species), large assemblages of bryozoans to glue together, at least four species of crinoids and a mollusk layer with preservation to die for.

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