(Dates subject to change)
|Fri 1/10||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic: "Paleosculpture:Traditional & Digital Recent Advances in Paleoart"
University of Chicago's award winning paleoartist Tyler Keillor will discuss his techniques for creating some recent prehistoric life-reconstructions that have been in the news, including the traditionally sculpted bust of Heterodontosaurus tucki, and the digitally sculpted full body of a recently published baby Parasaurolophus. The talk will be illustrated with slides showing Tyler's process and finished results, and some examples of his sculptures will be on hand for a closeup look after the talk.
|Sat 1/11||ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Mineral Video|
|Sat 1/18||ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Blastoids|
|Fri 1/24||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Lexi Kiamco will present - United Kingdom History and Archaeology The United Kingdom has a very interesting history, full of Romans, Welsh, Scots, English, Irish, and their fair share of Norwegians. Starting at the Roman Empire's invasion in 55 BC by Julius Caesar, and ending with the Norwegian invasion in 1066, we will be taken on a long and grand tour of The United Kingdom's history and archeology. There will be everything from Julius Caesar’s failed attempt to even take a beach, to the bloody three-way battle for the crown between William II of Normandy, Harold II of the Anglo-Saxons, and Harald Hardrada of the Norwegians. Our journey will cover over 1,100 years of English history.
NOTE: The archaeological study group auction will be deferred to a later date please stay tuned for further updates.
Burpee Museum, Rockford, IL. 2014 Mahlburg Scholar Lecture by Dr. Dennis Kolata (ISGS Retired) will be presenting “Life and Times of a 450 Million Year Old Seaway”. Dennis is an expert on Illinois Geology, especially the Platteville and Galena Groups. His research focus includes crinoids and trilobites. He recently edited the Geology of Illinois Book.
For those of you at colleges/universities, you can post the flyer below and /or pass it out to students who might be interested. The lecture is free for members or with general admission. FLYER
ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Minerals and Geology of Nevada
South Suburban Earth Science Club Silent Auction
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, IL.
60th Annual Gem and Mineral Show™ TUSCON, AZ
Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ
|ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Speaker: Lindsey Koper. Instructor, Northern Illinois University. Topic: The Rancho La Brean Dire Wolf And What Its Bones Can Tell Us: A Brief Look Into The Life Of Canis dirus And What Became Of This Great Predator-
Canis dirus, the dire wolf from the tar pits of Rancho La Brea was the dominant canid predator during the Pleistocene and thrived alongside other large carnivores such as Smilodon fatalis and Panthera atrox, the American lion. The dire wolf also interacted and coexisted with the modern wolf (Canis lupus) when it reached North America.
Looking at the fossils of Canis dirus found at Rancho La Brea both the dire wolf and modern wolf appear to be anatomically similar as well as share comparable hunting styles. At the end of the last glacial maximum Canis dirus died out along with the other megafauna of the time while Canis lupus survives into today. Clues as to why the dire wolf may have died out can be seen in the dentition and skeletal remains of this large canid.
|Sat 2/15||Lizzadro Museum - Earring Workshop - 2 pm.|
ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: “Fields trips at the SVP 2013 meeting in LA” by Karen Nordquist and Irene Brody
|Sat 2/22||Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Dr John Ruskamp will speak on "Asiatic Echoes" The identification of ancient Chinese pictograms in pre-Columbian North America rock writing.n Article about John Ruskamp and his work: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2014-01/11/content_17230727.htm|
|Fri 2/28||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Opals
CRMS 65th Annual Silent Auction, 6 to 9 PM!
St. Peter's United Church of Christ — Gymnasium
|Sat - Sun
3/8 & 9
|Burpee Paleofest 2014, Rockford, Illinois - focus on the Cenozoic Era, or, The World After Dinosaurs. There are hands on activities for families, but it is also a venue for paleontologists to meet the public and introduce them to cutting-edge research. PaleoFest opens the door and makes science a public process, and allows more and more students to meet with scientists to discuss their educational pursuits.|
|Sat & Sun 3/15 & 3/16||
ESCONI Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Dupage Country Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building, Wheaton,
|Sat 3/21||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
|Sat 3/22||Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map)
Topic: "History & Science of the Shroud of Turin."
Dr John Ruskamp will be lecturing on the history and science of the famous Shroud of Turin. As one of most famous shrouds of history, Dr Ruskamp will display a life size replica of the shroud. As one of only a handful in existence, you will have the opportunity to see for your self the shroud in detail, learn about its discovery, and discuss its scientific significance.
Visit the site below for more history on the shroud.
This is an event you will not want to miss!
|3/22 - 3/23||
Des Plaines Valley Geological Society's 49th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Lapidary Arts Show
Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL.Info: Visit their website at http://www.desplainesgeologyclub.org or contact Jeanine N. Mielecki at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fri 3/28||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
Badger Lapidary and Geological Society's 44th Annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Monroe WI.
Monroe High School, 1600 26th St., Monroe, WI 53566
|4/4 Fri||Elgin Public Museum, Dr. Norman Moline, professor of Geography at Augustana College, will present the lecture, Greatness Explained: The Great Lakes. Learn about one of the great natural wonders of the world.|
|4/4 to 4/6||
The MAPS (Mid-America Paleontology Society) EXPO Show will be held April 4-6, 2014, at the Sharpless Auction facility just north of I-80 at Exit 249. The Pre-Show will occupy the Travelodge south of I-80 at Exit 246 on North Dodge Street about 3 mi from Sharpless Auctions. Both venues are located in Iowa City, Iowa. The theme will be the Mississippian.
|4/11 - Friday||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Roy Plotnick, Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago, When it all changed: an excursion in the Ediacaran (and beyond) Before the familiar events of the Cambrian Explosion, there were the equally profound changes that occurred during the Ediacaran Period, the very last part of the Proterozoic Eon. Many of the classic Ediacaran localities, including the type locality of the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, can be seen in Newfoundland. I will discuss some of these sites, as well as the current state of our understanding of this momentous time in the history of life on Earth.|
|4/12 - Sat||
ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Inclusions in quartz
|4/12 - Sat||Burpee Museum, Burpee Explorers: Exploring Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived- The BIG Picture; Saturday, April 12: 1-2:30 pm; Examine a modern shark to understand how monster Megalodon ruled the seas of the late Cenozoic, spend some time in the traveling exhibit Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, and then participate in a shark dissection to discover for yourself how their body systems work. For ages 6 and up. Pre-registration and payment are required; Cost: $20/ non-member, $18/ member. Registration fee covers adult and child. One adult is required for up to 2 children.|
|4/13 - Sun||Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elizabeth Taylor's Collection, Steven Zick, Vice President and Director for Christie's in Chicago presents the landmark auctions of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie's New York in 2011. Adult 2 p.m. - 60 minutes, Regular Museum Admission,
Reservations Recommended (630) 833-1616.
|4/19 - Sat||ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Jack Wittry, Bandringa sharks and the Shark nursery at Mazon creek, including discussion on the Shark Egg case fossil, palaeoxyris.|
|4/25 - Fri||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Teleconference Meeting. Members are always welcome, so if you wish to attend, just contact Dianna at email@example.com to be sent the phone number to call in with.|
|4/26 - Sat||Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Rock Identification, Activity - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult - 75 minutes; Classes April 26 - 10:30 a.m. for children
April 26 - 1:30 p.m. for adults only, May 10 - 10:30 a.m. adults & children; Admission: $5.00 per person; Museum Members $3.00;
Reservations Required (630) 833-1616 or by email
|4/26 - Sat||Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: The hidden art in ancient cylinder, lead, and ring seals.
Take a step back in time over 4,000 years and explore the ancient world of cylinder, lead, and ring seals. From the beginning of civilization as we know it in Mesopotamia through the middle ages, cultures have used various types of seals to authenticate and seal documents, prove ownership, and were often used as amulets.
In addition to functionality, seals are also known for their artistic quality. The seal that a person owned, was often representative of their hierarchical status in the community.
Eric will discuss some of the key varieties of these ancient seals, and look at the artistic qualities that made them an absolute treasure of the ancient world.
If you have an interest in the ancient world or art in general, be sure to attend this discussion and see why seals are perhaps one of the most beautiful treasures which are certainly one of a kind, and often no larger than a quarter
In addition, Eric will bring a couple different seals to coincide with the lecture. The seals, are about 2000 years old and are a good representation of artistic qualities from the ancient world.
ESCONI Field Trip to St. Paul quarry. We will meet at the quarry office between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM Eastern Time to sign waivers and receive instructions. To participate, you must be a paid member of ESCONI by September 23. As always, the trip is tentative based on quarry activity.
Trip rules: You must be 18 years of age (Indiana State law). A hard hat will be worn at all times. Sturdy construction-type shoes need to be worn. Long pants, no shorts, need to be worn. Limited to 20 participants. To sign up, contact John at Fossilnautiloid@aol.com.
NOTE: participants must be ESCONI members by April 19, 2014 participants must be ESCONI members by April 19, 2014
|Fri 5/2 to June 15||
Looking Glass Theatre: In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story Long before The Origin of Species will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgwood and they forever change each other. In the space between science and faith, they find an unexpected and unlikely romance.
Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology - Annual Meeting, May 3, 2014, Galena, IL. For additional information, contact Will Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-268-6705.
Miner Safety Training, May 3, 2014 at 9:00 am EST( 8:00 CST) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wall & 29th St, South Bend, Indiana. $ 15, plus $ 15 more for the book if you don't have one. Indiana Toll Road to exit 72. South on US 31/20 bypass to SR 2. East (to South Bend) to Mayfower. Left on Sample St. Stay on Sample through South Bend. Right after you cross the St. Joe River, exit onto Mishawaka Ave. Go to 29th St., Turn left 1 block. www.MichianaGMS.org
|Fri 5/9||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - NOTE DIFFERENT ROOM - BIC 1528 (Map) Topic: Professor Virginia Naples, Northern Illinois University, Just how slinky was Smilodon?
I will discuss some of my most recent discoveries that make Smilodon fatalis, the saber-tooth cat from Rancho La Brea in California, the fearsome predator it is. New conclusions regarding the interaction of musculoskeletal structure and function demonstrate that this saber-tooth had some movement capabilities enhancing its abilities to capture prey and not previously discovered in other feline predators. In other words, Smilodon did some of the same things as did other saber-tooth and feline predators, but used entirely different and unique anatomical means to do so. This work is part of a larger study in which I am investigating the locomotor capabilities of this large cat. The anatomy of Smilodon was featured in one of the most famous monographs in vertebrate paleontology, The Felidae of Rancho La Brea, in 1932 by Merriam and Stock, and my goal is to write the sequel, or The Functional morphology of Smilodon fatalis from Rancho La Brea, even if the timing is slightly more than 80 years later. I will take the audience on a tour of the discovery of these attributes and explain what has been learned and where I plan to go from here in studying this fascinating animal.
ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: Georgia Minerals
|Sat 5/17||ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: John Catalini presentation|
|Sat 5/17 & 18||
ESCONI Field Trip to Mazon Creek
Meet at 8:00 A.M. Saturday at the BP Amoco in Coal City. No Age Limit. Hard Hats not required.
|38th Annual Chicagoland Gem and Mineral Show, Dupage Fairgrounds.
Saturday, May 24, 2014 10am - 6pm
nationally-known dealers, demonstrations, exhibits, lapidary arts, jewelry exhibits, faceting, cabochon cutting, polishing gemstones, silversmithing, beading, wire wrapping, geode splitting, a silent auction, childrens' rock area - and jewelry repair - will all be available!
|Archaeology Study Group Meeting. - no meeting this month|
|Fri 5/30||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
|Thurs., 6/5||Miner Safety Training - room to be announced at College of Dupage
John McArdle of ZRS (Zoological Research Services) is approved to offer Miner Safety Certification Training and issue certificates and will be teaching the course on June 5 at 7:00 pm. The cost will be $10 for each ESCONI Member payable at the door to John McArdle. Contact John Good at 630-303-2352 for reservations or e-mail at email@example.com.
Miner safety training helps to ensure successful and safe collecting. Some quarries require this training before allowing us to collect on their property. It is highly recommended that members get certified in Miner Safety training - this certificate is especially important if you want to collect fossils at quarries like Larson Quarry or the Indiana trip.
|Sat, 6/7||Lapidary Auction, Saturday, June 7 - Boone County Fairgrounds - Belvidere, IL - at 9:00 am. Machines, crystals, minerals, rough rock, shells, fossils and miscellaneous, e.g, gem trees, mountings... helld by Curry Auctioneers. Questions? 815-871-9212|
|Fri 6/13||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic:
Snapshot in time – Geologic Secrets of the Springfield Coal Fossilized Forests
Scott Elrick, from the Illinois State Geological Survey, will describe a 300-million-year-old fossilized forest, found along the Galatia channel, an ancient river that flowed across southern Illinois. This ancient forest is the world’s largest intact rain forest from the Pennsylvanian Period ever to be discovered. Preserved along 150 miles of the Galatia channel river banks, the forest’s sheer size offers an unprecedented view of ancient forest life and diversity. Discovered in the roof of multiple underground coal mines, this rare find, opens a tantalizing window into the past. The forest plants and their encapsulating geology reveal much about the ancient environmental conditions during the time of their formation and about the coal they left behind. Scott will describe the geology surrounding this amazing underground discovery and the geologic and climatic factors that led to the remarkable preservation of this fossil forest.
Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society
Hosts 3rd Annual Rock Swap
|June 14||ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Minerals of Georgia|
|June 14||Elgin Public Museum, 7:00 pm, Lecture - Another adult lecture is coming your way this Saturday evening at the Elgin Public Museum. In less than a couple of weeks we'll experience the summer equinox, a significant time keeping day for ancient cultures. Telling Time in Ancient North America, will be presented by Bill Iseminger. Bill is the Assistant Site Manager at Cahokia Mounds, just east of St. Louis. We are able to offer this talk to you at no charge thanks to the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Program. Seating will be limited, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Give us a call at 847-741-6655 to guarantee yourself a seat.|
|June 17 - 20||17th Annual Illinois Coal Education Conference Register by April 14, 2014 at http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Bureaus/Coal/Pages/Education.aspx|
Lizzadro Museum Field Trip: Travel by motor coach to two quarries in Rockford, Illinois. Collect Ordovician Period (450 million years old) marine fossils in dolomitic limestone. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods, and more. Call for reservations
Field Trips - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
|June 26||Burpee Museum, Mahlburg Scholars Presents Joel Bowling June 26, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Local collector, Joel Bowling will show pieces from his own award winning collection and has offered to identify artifacts brought in by the public. Mr. Bowling has been collecting since 1975 and has been a host for the Oregon Indian Artifact show for the past eight years. He specializes in stone pieces, especially axes and birdstones as well as projectile points, and has amassed a collection of over 2000 pieces. He can tell the age of an item, what it’s made out of and how, and often if the person who made it was right or left handed. Bring your field finds and join us for an evening exploring tools made by the First Peoples in North America.|
|June 28|| Burpee Museum, Family Fossil Field Trip - East State Quarry, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Family Fossil Field Trips are back! Come out to the East State Quarry and find your own fossils! Family Fossil Field Trips are a great way to see the history that has happened in our own back yards. Pre-registration required. Call 815.965.3433 to register today! Ticket Info Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members
|Field Museum, Many programs for families, adults, teens.|
|Elgin Public Museum has many programs this summer - as well as the Peggy Notebaert Museum.|
|No meetings till September|
|July & August 2014|
|July 31 - Aug 4||
Multi-Federation Field Trip — Terry, Montana
Location: In and around Terry, Montana
Info: Contact Doug True, AFMS Field Trip Chair firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-670-0506.
|Fri, Oct 3rd||ESCONI Field Trip: St. Paul Quarry, To sign up, contact John at Fossilnautiloid@aol.com. You may also sign up at the September General and Paleo meetings.|
|Fri, Oct 10||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Chris Widga, Assistant Curator of Geology, Illinois State Museum, Last of the American Elephants: The Midwestern Mammoth and Mastodon Project
The Midwest has one of the richest records of Ice Age proboscideans on the continent. The
Midwestern Mammoth and Mastodon project (aka, the M-cubed project) is a multi-year effort to 1) inventory proboscidean collections across the region, 2) tighten up the chronology of mammoth and mastodon extinctions, and 3) explore the paleoecology of these animals through high-resolution stable isotope studies (i.e., chemical signatures of diet and mobility). Collectively, these studies suggest a more nuanced story of mammoth and mastodon extinction in the Midwest. This presentation will focus on our evolving understanding of proboscidean ecology and extinction in the region.
|Sat., Oct 11||ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic:|
|Sat, Oct 11||National Fossil Day! http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/index.cfm
Burpee Museum of Natural History -
|Sat, Oct 18||ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Celebrating National Fossil Day - Bring your favorite fossil!|
|Fri, Oct 25||ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Telephone Conference Call - contact Karen Norquist or the web site admin to attend - we can give you the phone number to call and conference call #|
|Sat. Oct. 26||
Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: The Archaeology and history of King Richard III of England-presented by Eric Schmidt.
Into 2012, archaeologists unearthed the remains of Richard the Third of England. This find is not only archaeologically significant, it is also historically remarkable. What made King Richard the third so famous? How were Archaeologists able to prove that the bones were actually his? Where was his grave actually found?Attend this study group meeting and find out the answers to these interesting questions. You will learn a little bit about the king, and why historians are attracted to his legacy. In addition, Eric will be raffling off a few medieval coins minted in the 1400s and 1500s. There is no charge for the raffle. All you need to do is attend this meeting.
|ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic:|
|Fri, Nov. 14||ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic:|
|Sat, Nov. 15||ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map)|
|ESCONI Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, Tech Ed Build. TEC 1038B (Map)|
|Sat, Nov. 22||
Archaeology Study Group Meeting. 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: This history of money in the United States: Colonial Currency and its evolution from the early 1700's to the Revolutionary War: By Eric Schmidt
Travel back in time to when the British controlled the colonies. The Paper Currency system that was used has changed dramatically over the last 230+ years. Eric will take you on a journey from the dawn of the paper currency system to the independence of the colonies after the Revolutionary War. Some of the currency used was quite beautiful, others quite crude. Most were hand signed. Some are extremely valuable, others are quite common.
Eric will have on hand examples of authentic paper currency from 1776 and 1783. These are quite historic notes which you can examine first hand.
|Fri, Dec. 5||
ESCONI General Meeting, Board Meeting & Holiday Party 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map)
|ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic:|
|ESCONI Paleontology Meeting No meeting|
|Archaeology Study Group Meeting. No Meeting|