Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Albuquerque

Well its been quite some time since I've posted a blog. I must apologize but the field season is upon us and here at the CFDC we've been extremely busy visiting our new sites, welcoming our summer "Fossil Crew" and preparing for our School Dig Program.

I've just returned from a trip to Albuquerque where I attended a conference on Cretaceous Vertebrates from the Western Interior. It was awesome to say the least!!! I had the opportunity of meeting colleagues from the Western United States and participate in a lecture series on current research for the Western Interior.

Did I also mention I was lucky enough to head out to the San Juan Basin for a field trip viewing Cretaceous rock units? I've attached some images for you to see how beautiful New Mexico is. I must admit we are a little spoiled at the CFDC... we can drive directly to almost all of our dig sites and we don't have to carry any tools or supplies. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium

Over the weekend it was my pleasure to attend the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre. I offered a Friday Activity entitled Fantastic Fossils. The students were great! They were very enthusiastic and asked many questions about my job and the CFDC. I think they especially liked the fossilization activity we did.

The CFDC also presented the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre Earth Science Award, consisting of a plaque and invitation to excavate with me at one of the dig sites. Winners were chosen from the Elementary, Junior and Intermediate Levels. Their projects were great. I look forward to seeing more earth science projects especially paleontological ones.