Over twenty NC Fossil Club members set up displays at the NC Fossil Fair at the Greensboro Science Center. This was in addition to the "Pungo" fossil dirt pile set up in front of the museum. This was the first time the Fossil Fair was held at the Museum and over 1400 adults and kids attended.
The Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC held their Fossil Day on November 12, 2016. The NC Fossil Club was represented by Ruffin Tucker and Joy Harrington. Discovery Place had some interesting ideas for hands on projects getting the young and their parents involved in fossils. There was a table where fingerprint dinosaur prints of many colors could be made. Another table had small plastic dinosaurs sealed in plaster stones to be broken open by the kids and parents to begin their collection. There were over 1900 persons attending the event.
Members of the North Carolina Fossil Club participated in the Rankin Museum Fossil Fair from 9am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Fossils were displayed by Jonathan Fain, Richard Chandler, Joy Harrington and Ruffin Tucker. Dr. James Bain and Mary Boulton and Linda McCall worked with the kids and parents with additional Aurora material supplied by Dr. Bain and Ruffin Tucker. The day was beautiful, but warmed up to 94 degrees by afternoon. The museum contacted all the schools in Montgomery County with a handout going home to all parents. The museum gives an orientation to each of 4 groups of 25 or more kids and parents for 45 minutes searching for shark teeth with screens supplied by Dr. Bain and material washed by the NCFC shaker-washer. All had a busy and fun day and had a chance to see the treasures of the a special North Carolina underused museum.
Ten members of the NC Fossil Club displayed at the annual Fossil Fair (PaleoPalloza 2015) at the NC Musuem of Natural Sciences on November 14.
The 21st Annual Aurora Fossil Festival had folks showing up from all over the United States and everyone worked hard to make it a success. This is the NCFCs second largest outreach activity of the year – and we did not disappoint. We had 12 "fossil displays", with 15 people total manning them and 4 helpers spelling folks and giving them breaks. Our members had a wide range of displays available – from all different types of fossils to Joy’s artifacts table. Joanne says that she personally had no-stop traffic at her table. At the children’s table, in collaboration with the Fains, she put out 2x3 bags of mini fossils in her shark bowl – and all 120 were given out. The used science books that had been donated were gone early as well. Joanne took time to explain to many kids how to recognize the fossil itself, no matter the size, and that being able to do that will help them acclimate their eyes in the field, since their chances of finding small fossils are greater than their chances of finding a big one! The Powers did their usual spectacular job of manning the membership table and we sold 20+ books and CDs and picked up a couple memberships as well.
While placing the majority of the festival in the field allowed people to mingle, it did appear to affect the visitors to the museum and they reported 500 less folks at the museum than last year. It’s also possible that the way they now have vendors blocking the view of the community center is preventing people from seeing it’s entrance and negatively affecting our traffic there as well. Just something to think about for next year. The number of visitors to the museum was 1654 and the total for the Festival was estimated at 7,500.
This year’s festival had three great speakers, our very own Richard Chandler, speaking about the CD-ROM Project and the release of Volume 1; Dave Bohaska of the Smithsonian spoke on the Evolution of Whales; and Bruce McFadden of the Florida Museum of Natural History spoke on the FOSSIL Project – a venture to integrate professionals and non-professionals in the fossil community together.
I think everyone had a good time, and we look forward to doing it again next year.
Ruffin Tucker, Jonathan Fain, Richard Chandler, and Joy Herrington set up displays under a tent near the door at City Hall where Vince Schneider and Patricia Weaver, Paleontologists at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, explained their impressive display of fossils showing migratory changes when a passage opened between the continents of North and South America allowing some animals evolving in the North, like the horse and camel, to go South and some evolving in the South, like the sloth and armadillo, to go North. Also nearby, James Bain and Mary Boulton helped young and old wash and sieve dirt in search of fossils from the Pungo River and Yorktown deposits at Aurora . Despite all the activities of Arbor Day: train rides, balloon jumping, live music, antique cars, air show, and vendors of all descriptions, James and Mary were stars at Norwood . At the end of the day they were soggy wet, dirty, and bone tired. Concentration, focus, and curiosity helped the young ladies in the photograph using a 'face in the plate' technique to find and identify fossils that were so small they would wash through Mary and James' sieves while the young man focused on working out the shark tooth puzzle. They endured, without complaint, in sunshine hot enough to melt the plastic covers of a display box on that table. Taking part in Arbor Day was rewarding in many ways. There was a public presentation of fossils donated by the Furr family to the Museum from the collection of our member, Tony Furr, now deceased. And, we can't forget that great bar-b-que dinner courtesy of Norwood and the hearty appreciation expressed by those who stopped by our displays.
The 2013 NC Fossil Fair was held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. The Fair drew just under 6,000 attendees (up about 4,000 from their normal Saturday of about 2,000.) It is our largest outreach event of the year. Our membership table was right near the front entrance and stayed busy throughout the day. The rest of us were located throughout both buildings on all floors with only the third floor in the new building not getting steady traffic. The rest of us were hoarse by day’s end from all the talking we did. The museum staff were very helpful with set-up, tear-down, and spelling our folks for breaks. The hospitality section (food & drink) was great and plentiful and made the day easier.
The Fossil Fair at Raleigh has grown exponentially since we last held it there in 2010, with NCFC folks accounted for only 14 out of the 35 total exhibits (with a few of ours going under a different name). Several other universities and museums had exhibits as well. The day’s speakers included folks like Mary Higby Schweitzer (of dino DNA fame), Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Johnny Waters and Dr. Gregg Gunnell with talks ranging from blastoids to fossil primates. There was something for everyone.
At the close of the event the tired but happy NCFC folks gathered together and had their annual meeting to elect officers for the upcoming year. Results: President: Linda McCall, Vice President: James Bain, new board members: Joy Harrington, Ruffin Tucker, Gustavo Pierangelini and Diane Willis. So ended another wonderful Fossil Fair.
North Carolina Fossil Club members, Ruffin Tucker, Richard Chandler, Joy Herrington, James Bain and Mary Boulton visited the Rankin Museum's during their annual fossil fair in Ellerbe, NC on September 21, 2013 to assist the Rankin Museum staff and volunteers in another successful and fun-filled day of fossil collecting. Children with adult supervision were admitted to the dirt pile in waves where they each received a sieve of reject quarry dirt which could be washed down and then searched for fossils. Volunteers were on hand to wrap favorite teeth for necklaces for a $1 donation. Judging from the length of the line waiting to get a tooth made into a necklace, and the many items put before us for identification, many handsome teeth were proudly worn away that day. An Alopias was probably the rarest tooth found but size is still king and those who found large (1-2”) teeth were the loudest. This event has grown out of Ruffin Tucker’s efforts to show fossils at the Museum, which, by the way is filled with fossils along with modern animals, Native-American artifacts, and various cultural elements. The Rankin Museum is the only place in NC where a long ivory tooth from a narwhal has been found. Put this place on your to-see list.
Trish Kohler organized the NCFC participation in the Dinosaur Rocks event held at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The NC Fossilc Club had 10 exhibitors, 13 tables, and 9 floaters
Several members of the NC Fossil Club set up exhibits at the Museum of Life and Science Marine Mammal Day.
The 2011 NC Fossil Fair was held at the NC Museum of Forestry in Whiteville, NC. It was well attended with over 2500 visitors and was held in conjunction with