fRIDAY Field Trip

Devonian Fossil Dig 

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 (Meet to depart at 12:45 PM)
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19

Join us on a dig into the Devonian! Here’s an opportunity to collect evidence of life 380 million years ago when NYS was south of the equator and covered by a shallow tropical sea. We’ll visit a site between Batavia and East Bethany that exposes the Centerfield Limestone member of the Ludlowville formation. It’s full of brachiopods and corals along with some crinoids, snails and bits of trilobites.

The digging is easy here. Many specimens have weathered out of the bedrock and all you have to do is pick them up! Others can be removed with the help of a screw driver or trowel, if that’s all you have. We’ll have some extra tools on hand. The fossils are usually sturdy and need no special care. So, a cloth sack or hardy container will suffice to hold them. Keep a small notebook handy to list your finds.

Be prepared for rain or shine. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. The excavation site is a short walk from the road side where we park.

Transportation:  Car pool. It’s a 45 minute drive to our destination off Bethany Center Rd, west of East Bethany.

Departure: 1:00 p.m. Check in with the trip leader in the lobby of the Riverside Hotel at 12:45 p.m. and to arrange car pools. If you live locally and prefer to arrive at the site from another location please inform the trip coordinator when registering.

Return: We’ll leave the site at 3:30 p.m.


Cost: $10 (includes a snack and handout).

Registration: Fill out the trip registration form (see link below) and send it to the trip coordinator by the postmark deadline of Friday, October 19. You must be registered for the conference to attend this field trip. Maximum number is 20 participants. Don’t be disappointed, sign up now!


A check for $10 should be made out to STANYS. Please enclose the check with the trip registration form and mail to the field trip coordinator.

Contact: If you have questions, ask Jutta Dudley at juttasd@aol.com.

Contact information:
P.O. Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089


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