December 5, 2009 - Mississippian & Ordovician Fossils, Jefferson Co, AL

A hastily put together field trip ended up being on a snowy day, and most members decided to stay snug in their warm homes.  Three of us were ready to brave the snow, cold, and wind, so we headed to Ruffner Mountain, to enjoy the old quarry, and check on the rock we etched many years ago so visitors could see the range of fossils in the limestone.


December 16, 2006 - Mississippian & Ordovician Fossils, Jefferson Co, AL

A visit to the quarry at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center and a chance to check on our “pet rock” was the highlight for this December trip. This was a service trip (photos only - no collecting) to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, and BPS had been asked to make some

September 30, 2006 - Paleozoic Fossils, Jefferson Co, AL

Page 1 - General trip photos (this page)
Page 2 - Fossils and minerals

The BPS September field trip found us at the site of the Red Mountain Road Cut, which is also the site of the former Red Mountain Museum. The fossils that were formerly housed in the RMM now reside in the Alabama Collections Center of McWane Science Center. A good deal of the interpretive work still remains, and several members helped clear vines and bushes that had overgrown the

November 24, 2002 - Bibb Co, AL

This months trip was to a graptolite site in Bibb County, Alabama. This is the Athens Shale formation (Ordovician age). Graptolites are found from the Cambrian to the Carboniferous, and are an extinct group of Paleozoic colonial organisms. They are usually found as thin carbonized films in various shales or limestones.

October 26, 2002 - Jefferson Co, AL

BPS members visited the quarry at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. It includes a limestone quarry containing Mississippian and Ordovician-era fossils. A number of good "teaching opportunities" were identified.

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