Our May general meeting program will be presented by Carol Stein from UIC on the Mid-Continent Rift System of North America. She passed along a link to a YouTube video about the rift and the work being done to study it. Consider it a preview of the upcoming program!
There will be a field trip to the Irene Quarry near Belvidere, Illinois on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon).
This is a combined trip including both ESCONI and LOESS (Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society). The rock is Ordovician, Galena Group. This is a "hard-rock" quarry (dolomite) owned by William Charles Construction. The quarry has been very active and there should be lots of fresh rock exposed. If you like Hormotoma or Receptaculites, this is the place for you!
1. MUST be an ESCONI or LOESS member as of April 24, 2016.
2. MUST be at least 18 years of age.
3. ESCONI members sign up by sending me (Dave) an email with the number of members attending and their names. My email is email@example.com No phone calls, please. LOESS members sign up with Ed Wagner.
4. I will acknowledge by return email. If you don't get a reply in 24 hours, send it again!
5. Maximum total attendance is 20. I will reserve 10 spots for LOESS members until April 24th when Ed sends me his list.
6. Please review the Code of Ethics and Conduct on the ESCONI website.
7. MUST have and wear a hard hat, safety vest, and sturdy boots while in the quarry. No sandals, tennis shoes, and the like. No claw hammers, roofing hammers - use only rock hammers. If you plan on hammering bring eye protection.
The address of the quarry is 4525 Irene Road, Belvidere, Illinois. A picture of the quarry can be found at http://www.williamcharlesconstruction.com/Materials/Portfolio-Irene.aspx I recommend you get a map and directions from the Internet.
I will distribute the release form by email to those signed up just before the trip.
There will be an ESCONI field trip to the Vulcan Materials Lisbon Illinois quarry on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The trip starts at 9 AM and ends at 12 noon. The quarry is located at 10425 Joliet Road, Lisbon, IL. You may also see it with a Newark IL address.
You must be an ESCONI member as of April 16, 2016 to attend this trip. This trip is limited to 20 people. All attendees must be at least 18 years of age.
Please read the following rules carefully:
1. We will have site-specific training, and everyone will sign a waiver.
2. We will be collecting only in designated areas in material brought up for us.We are not allowed in the pit.
3. You must have the following safety gear: steel-toed boots, hard hat, safety glasses and safety vest. These must be worn at all times on the property.
4. No rock hammers, chisels, or large shovels. We can keep the fossils we find as long as they can be easily carried.
5. Photographs of the quarry or quarry facilities are not allowed. Photographs of fossils ARE allowed, and Vulcan management would like to have pictures of nice specimens.
6. Please review the ESCONI Code of Ethics and Conduct available on the website. These rules apply to field trips like this one.
7. The rock at this quarry is Ordovician, Platteville Group, including the Quimby's Mill, Nachusa, Grand Detour, Mifflin and Pecatonica formations.
I will distribute the waiver form by email before the day of the trip.
To sign up for this field trip, please send me (Dave) an email with the number of members attending. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls please. I will confirm via return email within 24 hours. If you do not hear back from me within that time, send it again!
Here's a reminder for of the Mid-America Paleontology Society (MAPS) Expo. It's on Friday, April 1st through Sunday April 3rd, 2016. Generally known as the world's largest fossil-only show and this year is no different. The theme is the Mezozoic Era. All of the EXPOs are extraordinary affairs, but this one will be talked about for a long time. The keynote speaker is Phil Currie. You know, the famous Canadian dinosaur palaeontologist of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His wife, Eva Koppelhus, a palaeontologist and palynologist, will also be speaking at the EXPO.
There are opportunities to buy, sell, and swap fossils of all types. Additionally, the list of events includes silent auctions, live auctions, children's activities, programs, and workshops. As always, there will be fun and learning for the whole family.
The show will be held in Iowa City, IA at Sharpless Auctions. That's the same place as the last few years. The show flyer has a map and directions. Don't miss it!
ESCONI 2016 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show Setup - 12:00 - 3:00 PM - Want to volunteer by for an hour to help set up the show ? If so, stop on by! (Map)
Sat, Mar 5
ESCONI 2016 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show! - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - All the great things that you expect – vendors both known and new selling mineral, fossil, archaeology specimens, as well as, jewelry and jewelry making items, geodes, book sale, displays, demonstrations and unique treasures for live auction. Juniors area is going to offer NEW and fun activities. (Map)
Sun, Mar 6
ESCONI 2016 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show! - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - All the great things that you expect – vendors both known and new selling mineral, fossil, archaeology specimens, as well as, jewelry and jewelry making items, geodes, book sale, displays, demonstrations and unique treasures for live auction. Juniors area is going to offer NEW and fun activities. (Map)
Sun, Mar 6
ESCONI 2016 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show Cleanup - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM - You will get the love and admiration of your fellow members if you can help us to take down the show, so please donate an hour of your time if you can! Lots of jokes and interesting conversations– camaraderie. Kids welcome too. (Map)
Fri, Mar 11
ESCONI 2016 General Meeting - No meeting this month!
Sat, Mar 12
ESCONI Mineralogy Meeting - 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: "Mineral Video"
Sat, Mar 19
ESCONI Paleontology Study Group Meeting, 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Topic: To Be Announced
ESCONI Archaeology Study Group Meeting, 7:30 p.m. College of Dupage - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) - Open at this time, seeking a chair
The warehouse work day has been moved to January 16th, 2015. We will be organizing our inventory for our annual show in March. Contact me (John Good) if you can make it - (630) 303-2352 for reservations or e-mail at email@example.com.
There will be a work day at the warehouse on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 9:00 am, so as to get all the items ready for the annual show. We need your help in identifying and organizing inventory. Contact me (John Good) if you can make it - (630) 303-2352 for reservations or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is time to celebrate the holiday season with our annual ESCONI get together.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 pm
311 East Loop Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
PLEASE NOTE: The Holiday party will be at Cozymel's in Wheaton on Butterfield just east of Naperville Rd. Party attendees will order off the menu and separate checks will be provided.
Be prepared to pay with CASH!
We will continue our tradition of a Secret Santa gift exchange. This grab bag is optional. If you do want to participate, please make sure that your gift is earth science related, has a value of around $15.00 and is labeled “male” or “female” if it is a gender specific gift.
If you would like to attend the Holiday Party, please RSVP by November 30 to Chris Cozart (630) 462-9778 e-mail: email@example.com
After the party, ESCONI is honored to have as guest speaker, Josh Mathews, doctoral candidate at NIU. His presentation is entitled “Cretaceous Crocodiles of Madagascar”.
The lecture will be held at The College of DuPage in Room 1038B of the Tec Building at 8:00 pm.
So, even if you can’t attend the Holiday Party, please join us for our General Meeting and an exciting presentation. Happy holidays!
Collecting Mazon Creek Fossils on private property
Meet at 8:00 AM Saturday or Sunday at the BP Amoco in Coal City. No Age Limit. Hard Hats not required. Take I-55 to Exit 236 (Coal City). Take a right onto Highway 113 (Division Street). Go west to Broadway Street and Division in Coal City.
We will be collecting Mazon Creek concretions from an old spoil pile on private property. Hard hats are not required. Boots are recommended. An Estwing rock hammer is the best tool. A small shovel or pick is helpful. Knee pads, backpacks, fanny packs, extra clothes (you will get wet and muddy) are also a plus. Bring a bucket for the fossils. Also bring insect repellent