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 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.
Dr. Richard Carroll, Coal Geologist at the Geological Survey of Alabama for 24 years, will do a presentation on "Fossil Ferns" at this month's meeting. He earned his doctorate in geology, with a focus on paleobotany and palynology.
The business meeting will begin at 7pm, followed by the speaker from 7:30 - 8:30.
Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room A & B, downstairs. Free and open to the public.
Our speaker on May 4 will be Roger Sauterer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Jacksonville State University, who will speak on “A time to die: The Permian world and the great mass extinction." Hoover Public Library, Children’s Programming Room at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public.
Please note - this is a different meeting room from normal. Upstairs, not downstairs. Go in the front door, bear left. Quickly start looking for stars on the floor, then follow them down the hall to the meeting room.
The Mississippi Museum of Natural History in Jackson presents a "Fossil Road Show" each year. The public is invited to bring their "mystery rocks" and have them identified. It also provides a venue for local groups to showcase their rocks, fossils, and club activities. BPS members Don and Jill Hill set up a fossil exhibit for BPS, and spent the day telling visitors about the Alabama fossils on our exhibit tables, visiting with other like-minded groups, and checking out the numerous exhibits.
Our speaker for April is Takehiro Ikejiri, Research Associate, Alabama Museum of Natural History, who will speak on "Late Cretaceous vertebrates from Alabama: Who was really affected by the Chicxulub impact?" Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room A/B. Free and open to the public