If you're looking for Alabama fossils, this is the place to come!
Exciting field trips, educational programs on paleontology and geology, and interesting people to meet! No prior knowledge required, just a desire to learn and a love of fossils and the outdoors. Professionals and novices of all ages are welcome.
BPS is a little different from most rock/ fossil/ mineral groups. Our original purpose (More . . .)
Our speaker for October is Tom Tobin, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama. Dr. Tobin will speak on “The End Cretaceous Mass Extinction in Antarctica”
Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room A/B. The business meeting will begin at 7pm, followed by the speaker from 7:30 - 8:30.Free and open to the public.
Trip to a creek in Butler county, Alabama. A good turnout for the hot weather. Creek was good for cooling off while hunting fossils.
Our speaker for September is John Hall, Curator of Educational Outreach at the University of West Alabama, who will speak on the Hodges Meteorite. Hoover Public Library, Theater Conference Room. The business meeting will begin at 7pm, followed by the speaker from 7:30 - 8:30.Free and open to the public.
NOTE - meeting is 2nd Monday in Sept due to the Labor Day holiday.
Our August speaker will be Archaeologist Dr. Ashley Dumas, who will be talking about her research at Fort Tombecbe, an early 18th century fort in Sumter Co that was occupied by the French, Spanish, and British before it became part of the US. Dr. Dumas specializes in the late prehistoric Southeast, European colonization, and salt and civilization. She is Assistant Director of the Black Belt Museum and teaches all of the Anthropology courses at the University of West Alabama.
The BPS business meeting starts at 7:00, and the program is from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.
Our speaker for July is James Lamb, Curator of Paleontology at the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama, who will speak on “ Earthquakes: Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be,” a discussion about the recent central Alabama earthquakes. Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room A/B. The business meeting will begin at 7pm, followed by the speaker from 7:30 - 8:30.Free and open to the public.
The new "Jurassic World" movie will be shown at the UWA theatre in Livingston, Alabama on Saturday. The 1pm showing is sold out, but there are still openings for the 9am show. Details on the Black Belt Museum Facebook page.
A beautiful Monday morning, with lots of clouds keeping heat to a bearable level. We went to a new area this trip, where several crinoid heads and pieces, blastoids, archimedes, horned and other corals were found. Just after moving to a new collecting location, the bottom dropped out, and though we were quite ok with collecting in the rain, the quarry managers said the roads would get slick, so we had to make an early exit. The group enjoyed lunch at a very interesting Mexican restaurant.
Report to come.