Penn Dixie Paleontological Earth Cache
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Do you know what a Brachiopod is? How about a Crinoid? Bryozoans? If you are a member of the Hamburg Natural History Society, admission to the site is free. For non-members there is a fee of $9 for adults and $5 for children.
Well, you are invited to not only find out about these mysterious guests, but you will be able to unearth some and keep them!
Welcome to the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center (the Penn Dixie site).
Site visitors learn about paleontology, geology, astronomy and biology! This is a hands-on outdoor site where kids of all ages are actually encouraged to dig, collect and keep 380 million year old fossils. I have obtained permission from the Executive Director of Penn Dixie, Jerry Bastedo, to bring you here to find this Earth Cache.
The site was founded in 1993 on a former shale quarry. It now consists of over 49 acres of land to explore. You will find exposed bedrock, dense brush, 143 species of nesting and migratory birds, deer, wild turkey, and fossils, fossils, fossils! A path will take you to the creek bed. Bird houses and bat houses abound! Picnic tables are available.
The site is open to the public for fossil collecting (and Earth Cache finding) every Saturday from May through October, 9 AM until 4 PM. The site is also open from June 18-September 1, 9 AM until 4 PM Monday through Friday,rain or shine. For more information call 716-627-4560.
In order to claim this Earth Cache, you must visit the site and answer several questions. There are signs inside the site that will give you the answers. So bring your GPS, a pen, gloves, a small digging tool and a bucket and spend the day finding the perfect fossil!
Please email me with the answers to these questions in order to claim the find:
1) What is the name of the shale member that covers most of the Penn Dixie site?
2) Where do trilobites get their name from?
3) Impressions of what fossils can be found at Penn Dixie?
4) How many signs did you have to look at for these answers in Penn Dixie?
A photo of yourself, your group and your fossils is always nice, but not required. The answers to the questions are required. DO NOT post them, email them please. Any log that does not submit an email will be deleted!
FOR MORE INFORMATON, PLEASE VISIT www.penndixie.org
Congratulations to KraftyCacher for a Spring/Winter day First to Find!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum