First Day, Last Day at Eighteen Mile Creek

Not the best weather, 23 F, but the precipitation held off until noon. Unexpected government shutdowns has led me to relocate to Detroit much sooner than expected; end of January 2019. Thus, this will be my last trip in the field in WNY for a while. Undegraduate student, Kim B., Joined me today, her first…

Pipe Creek Concretions

Stopped along Highway 219 to pick up some ‘finger concretions’ from the Pipe Creek Shale Member which intertongues with the Angola and Hanover Shales (West Falls Group) in Western New York. Shale dominated concretions with internal carbonate tubes (pictured). Contain a good amount of agglutinated foraminifera. Their structures are very reminiscent of concretions from Campanian…

Hardcore Hunting in Snowstorm Bruce

Trying to squeeze a little more field season in late November… Original forecast called for 47F and cloudy. South Buffalo was drizzling but in south towns in WNY, it was another story. Eighteen Mile Creek was raging from snow melt to the south and so I couldn’t make it to the Cashaqua-Rhinestreet contact. I did…

Devoninan Microcritters

I sometimes long for the times I used to work with macrofossils and question all my life’s decisions as Kim and I are painfully extracting microfossils (106 – 250 microns) from the dis-aggregated shale from the Wanakah, Windom, Cashaqua, and Rhinestreet Members. Nonetheless seeing who/what is in these members is important to answer our bioturbation…