Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club – summer trips

The Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club has some trips that might interest you.

Friday, May 25, Beltzville State Park, PA.  Thank you to DVPS for the invitation to this joint trip and for obtaining the required permit from the Corps of Engineers. There’s plenty to find at this great location for Devonian, Mahantango material. No one leaves empty handed. This is a child friendly site but some responsible adult supervision always required on field trips. Hammers, chisels, and eye protection is required. Bring knee pads or small cushions, collecting boxes or bags, snacks and beverages. You can use MapQuest for directions, 2950 Pohopoco Dr., Lehighton, PA 18235.  Enter the park and go past the first right (to office parking lot) and continue to the parking lot at the Army Corps of Engineers.- map available at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_005008.pdf)

Be sure to allow enough time to be there by 8:00 AM. At 9:00 we will leave for the collecting area. Special call in instructions: the DVPS trip leader is Ron Staiger and call in is Wednesday, May 23rd, 6-8:00 PM. Call Ron at 267-285-6296 or email to ronstaiger@yahoo.com Also email robertertman@msn.com There is a good possibility of going to a second site nearby which has a huge pile of fossil material at a construction site.)

Sat June 30, Purse State Park, Joint trip.  Aquia formation, Late Paleocene. This site is on the Potomac River in Charles County, MD. Well known for abundant crocodile, ray, Otodus sp., and Striatolamia sp. teeth, and internal molds of the gastropod Turritella sp. (more than you can carry out). Rare Paraorthacodus sp. and Palaeocarcharodon sp. teeth have turned up with persistence. Access to the site requires a moderate hike through the woods, and sometimes rather strenuous hiking and climbing over trees along the water’s edge. When we get to the Potomac we will all turn left and walk south along the river to the most productive areas (there will be small sand shark teeth all along the way). Low tide (Liverpool Point) at 10:09 AM.  We’ll meet at the park at 8:30 AM.  Details at call in.  E-mail (preferred) to RobertErtman@msn.com or call 410-533-4203, as soon as you like and no later than the Thursday before the trip.

Sat Aug 11, Hardy County, WV, joint with the West Virginia Fossil Club.  Trilobites! This trip will include our favorite site at Lost River, near Wardensville.  Early Middle Devonian (about 390 million years old); Needmore Formation.  Details at call in.  E-mail (preferred) to RobertErtman@msn.com or call 410-533-4203, as soon as you like and no later than the Thursday before the trip.

Sat & Sun, Sept 15 & 16, Joint trip to Schuylkill County, PA (fossil ferns, Pennsylvania period), Deer Lake, PA (trilobites, Devonian) and Hawk Mountain (no fossils but raptor migration & Monarch butterfly migration. Details at call in.  E-mail (preferred) to RobertErtman@msn.com or call 410-533-4203, as soon as you like and no later than the Thursday before the trip.

Sat Dec 1, CMMFC meeting & potluck

Sun Dec 2, Odessa, DE (petrified wood) & C&D Canal (Cretaceous) & hotdog cookout.  This will be a joint trip.  Our plan is to collect petrified wood near Odessa, DE in the morning (Pleistocene, probably 1.5 – 2 mya).  Access is not certain because the classic site is closed and we would be on actively farmed land; permission depends on the circumstances but is very likely.  We’ll move on to the C&D Canal for the afternoon and hunt for Cretaceous fossils in the spoil piles. A hotdog cookout is a tradition of this trip.  Lots of interesting stuff to be found; see   http://www.dgs.udel.edu/sites/dgs.udel.edu/files/publications/SP18.pdf “Call in” by email (preferred) robertertman@msn.com or call 410-533-4203 no later than the Thursday before the trip; earlier would be better.  Thanks to John & Joan Wolf for arrangements.

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