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Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc.

Penn Dixie Paleontological and
Outdoor Education Center

The Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc. was founded in 1993 to
promote the study of the sciences with an emphasis on the field activitiers
associated with the geological and biological sciences: to develop,
administrate the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center
in Hamburg, NEw York, promote a regional fossil site to foster and
encourage a medium for the public to study and collect fossils: encourage
and promote upper level training of in-service and pre-service teachers: and
to aid in obtaining and administering funds to promote the study of the
natural history in the Western New York Region.

JANUARY 2009 PROGRAMS

2009 Penn Dixie Winter/Spring Programs

PENN DIXIE SITE EXPANDS HOURS

The public is welcome at the following 2009 special event programs! Penn Dixie Site is open to the public for fossil collecting every Saturday, from May through October, 9 AM to 4 PM; Sundays, May-October, 11 AM to 4PM; and Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM, Spring Break-April 9-11 & April 13-18; and June 15�Sept. 6, rain or shine.  Closed July 4 & Labor Day September 6. HNHS members free; non-member adults $6 and children 12 and under $5.

School groups wishing to schedule a field trip to the Penn Dixie Site should contact Peg Hermann at (716) 627-6335 or (716) 627-4560.

All other groups, families, scouts, birthday parties, & individuals, wishing to schedule a visit at other times, should call (716) 627- 4560. Please call or visit our web site at www.penndixie.org for programs, upcoming events, membership & directions.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SNOW-SHOEING OR NATURE HIKE ON JANUARY 17, 2009 AT PENN DIXIE

A cross-country skiing, snow shoeing or nature walk is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10 AM.  It will be a great opportunity to view Penn Dixie during the winter and the new wetlands and wildlife.  Pre-registration is required by calling (716) 627-4560.  Bring your own skis or snowshoes.  If there is not much snow, a nature hike will be conducted.  Penn Dixie members are FREE, and non-members are $3 each.

DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS IN THE HELL CREEK FORMATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 7 PM
WHERE Auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Rd.,
Blasdell, adjacent to Woodlawn Beach State Park & Ford Plant

Dixie is pleased to have Stanley Radon, of the NYSDEC, provide an illustrated presentation on his dinosaur collecting in South Dakota on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at 7 PM in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office at 3556 Lake Shore Rd. in Hamburg.  This will be the first of four winter lecture programs sponsored by Penn Dixie.  Families, children, scouts, students, teachers, and the public are encouraged to attend this interesting presentation.  $3/person, and HNHS members are free.  For information call (716) 627-4560.

Stan Radon will discuss the frustrations and rewards of digging for dinosaur bones in the Hell Creek Formation (Late Cretaceous) in northwestern South Dakota.  You can spend three hours patiently digging a bone only to have it break apart beyond repair and then find a perfect T-Rex tooth in the matrix!

South Dakota is a beautiful state with interesting geology.  Mr. Radon will briefly discuss the geology of the State, but focus on the overall experience of digging for dinosaurs in the high prairie.

A small group from Buffalo has been traveling to South Dakota to collect bones from the Hell Creek Formation and some specimens will be available for viewing.  An excellent exhibit of dinosaur bones is available at the Past and Present Rock Shop and Museum on South Park Avenue in Blasdell.

Mr. Radon is a geologist with a Bachelors Degree from Buffalo State and a Masters Degree in Geology from Kent State University.  He has been employed with the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation in the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials, working at sites such as Bethlehem Steel, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, and Bell Aerospace-Textron.  He also teaches environmental, geology, and energy courses at Daemen College and the University of Buffalo.

PENN DIXIE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The programs, field trips, exhibits, and other activities at the Penn Dixie Site have continued to grow each year and reach more children and adults. This takes a large number of volunteers and we have been very pleased to have so many support our programs. 

Penn Dixie and the HNHS will be conducting the Annual Volunteer Training Program on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon in the Gateway Executive Office auditorium at 3556 Lake Shore Road, in Blasdell. New and current volunteers are encouraged to attend. Information on the Society, the Penn Dixie Site development and future plans, the geology, paleontology, astronomy and bird programs, and future activities will be discussed. Handout booklets will be available for new volunteers and those who have attended previously should bring their booklet for updates. This training program is free for members and $20/non-member. Pre-registration is requested. Visit the website at www.penndixie.org or call (716) 627-4560 for information or to make a reservation.

VISIT www.penndixie.org for additional program and membership information

HELP SUPPORT THE PENN DIXIE SITE! TAKE OUT A MEMBERSHIP IN THE HAMBURG NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY AND RECRUIT A NEW MEMBER TODAY!

 

Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380, Boy Scouts of America, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
Service Center Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-4073 - Fax (716) 891-4008
Scout Shop Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Tuesday 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM;
Every Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-1689 - Fax (716) 891-1910