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June 21, 2003 - Carboniferous Fossils, Jefferson Co, AL

BPS members visited 2 areas of new road development and a small quarry in Jefferson County this month, making 3 stops total. We had not visited these locations before, so were not sure how prolific the sites would be.


(Photos courtesy Greg Mestler, Ron Beerman, and Vicki Lais.)

hunting fossils at site

At stop #1, several brachiopods and a couple of slabs with small amphibian track prints were found.

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.

March 23, 2002 - Walker Co, AL

BPS members visited a private museum owned by one of our newest members - wonderful specimens, as he has worked around mines most of his life. Then we went to Taft Coal mine in Walker County, Alabama for collecting.

Summer, 2001 - Jefferson Co, AL

Several times during the summer, members collected in north Jefferson county, in an area being cleared for a shopping center.

 

May 29, 1999 - Carboniferous Fossils - Jefferson Co, AL

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

April 24, 1999 - Carboniferous Fossils - Jefferson Co, AL

Thanks to the efforts of Bill Newman, and the courtesy of the Drummond Company, a group of 15 members of the Birmingham Paleontology Society were able to visit the Shoal Creek Mine, a working underground coal mine on Saturday, April 24.

The Shoal Creek Mine is a modern, high-tech coal mine, having begun operation only 5 years ago. Following an introductory safety presentation (mandatory for visitors to the underground workings of the mine), and a fitting of personal safety paraphernalia (hardhat with light, steel-toed rubber boots, and an emergency "self-rescue unit" to

March 27, 1999 - Jefferson Co, AL

    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    The field trip on March 27, 1999 was the second organized BPS trip to a construction site near Warrior. The trip was attended by about 25 people, mainly from Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, the Florence area, and the University of North Alabama. Attendees included BPS members, guests, children, professors, and students, and the day was sunny, clear, and warm.

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