VicPS meeting Oct. 19, 2016

The speaker is Dr. Grant Keddie, Curator of Archaeology, RBCM speaking on:

Mammoths and other Megafauna: Collections of the Royal BC Museum.  Grant reveals new discoveries and research that are beginning to tell a different story about the Ice Age and its inhabitants in British Columbia.

The VicPS Dashwood Canyon, Smithers, BC, collection of Eocene plants and insects will also be on display.  VicPS “rescued” this collection in 1996 by purchasing it from a fossil dealer.

A field trip is proposed for Oct. 23 to the Mt. Tzouhalem Cretaceous fossil beds at Duncan, BC.  Let Timon know if you will be attending:  250-661-9106 or timonbullard@gmail.com.

VicPS memberships expire on Dec. 31, 2016.  Avoid the rush and Renew your 2017 membership at the meeting.

Field Trip on Oct. 2, 2016 – update

On Sunday, October 2nd,  please meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, corner of the Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue (2243 Beacon Ave.) for car-pooling.  Guests,as well as anyone else who hasn’t signed for this year, must sign waivers.

Safety: We will have several localities to choose from, including a former quarry and intertidal sites, so you should expect to be walking on rocks that can be slippery and treacherous.
Equipment: Fossils are found in the rock and concretions, so a good hammer or sledge, chisel, and protective eyewear are required.

VicPS meeting June 15, 2016

The speaker for this month’s meeting is Sandy McLachlan, MSc. Student, SEOS, UVic.  The topic is Hornby Island Heteromorph Ammonites: Revisions with Implications for Index Taxa.”  This is the presentation that Sandy gave at the BC Paleo Symposium in Nanaimo regarding his MSc. research .

Members can read Sandy’s abstract below.

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11th BC Paleontological Symposium

The 11th BC Paleontological Symposium will be on May 20-22, 2016, at the Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC.  The symposium will be hosted by the Vancouver Island Paleontological Museum Society, Qualicum Beach, and is sponsored by the BC Paleontological Alliance (of which VicPS is a member).

See website bcps2016.weebly.com for information on registration, fees, speakers, field trips, accommodations, etc. You have to register to go on the field trips.

Hoping for good attendance by VicPS.

VicPS Meeting April 20, 2016

At the VicPS meeting on Wednesday, April 20, our speaker will be Timon Bullard, VicPS & RBCM Research Associate who will speaking on:

“The Permian: dawning of the Age of Reptiles.”  The Permian geological period includes the times between 250 and 300 million years ago.  At this time the Earth was a very different place than it is today, with modern continents collected together into a giant supercontinent that straddled the equator.  The Permian saw the dominance of reptiles in terrestrial environments and the divergence of the major groups of reptiles into ancestors of mammals, lizards and snakes, and dinosaurs.  This talk will introduce the climate and geography of the Permian world, and discuss the major events in the evolution of life which occurred during this period.  Also examined will be the causes of the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, the greatest in the history of life, and how this event set the stage for the Triassic and the Age of Dinosaurs that followed.

VicPS memberships expired at the end of December 2015.  You can join or renew your memberships ($30) for 2016 and can sign the liability insurance waiver for field trips at the meeting.  Info for former members: you must renew your membership to stay on the information distribution list.

The VicPS Fossil Fair on May 19-20 at the Swan Lake Nature Centre was a success with over 400 people attending.  Thanks to Marji Johns, Scott MacPhail, Timon Bullard, Roy & Karen Leeson, Jerri Wilkins, and  Fran Benton for assistance.

VicPS meeting Feb. 17, 2016: cancelled

Please be aware that the February 2016 meeting of VicPS members has been cancelled. Plans are being made for a speaker for the March 2016 meeting; stay tuned.

VicPS memberships expired at the end of December.   Annual fees are $30 for individuals or families.  Thanks to those who have renewed, and to our new members.  Please see our membership page for more information.

Note the upcoming VicPS Fossil Fair on March 19-20 at the Swan Lake Nature Centre.

See the January agenda for information on the BC Paleo Symposium on May 19-22 and on the Rene Savenye Award to an outstanding amateur paleontologist that may be awarded at the symposium.

VicPS Meeting Jan. 20, 2016

Our next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm, Room A120, Cornett Building, UVic, this Wednesday.

The speaker will be Gary Kaiser, VicPS and RBCM Research Associate who will speaking on Mountain dinosaurs and the role of sky islands in the evolution of birds.  Please refer to the emailed meeting notice for the full meeting agenda

VicPS memberships expired at the end of December 2015.  You can renew your memberships ($30) for 2016 and can sign the liability insurance waiver for field trips at the meeting.

Note the upcoming VicPS Fossil Fair on May 19-20 at the Swan Lake Nature Centre.

See the emailed agenda for information on the BC Paleo Symposium on May 19-22 and on the Rene Savenye Award to an outstanding amateur paleontologist that may be awarded at the symposium.  Please contact Tom Cockburn if you are interested in nominating someone.