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  1. This weekend was the Annual ESCONI Rock, Mineral and Fossil Show that is held on Saturday and Sunday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. There were a lot of people at this local show and with the “feels like” temperature was hovering at about 5 degrees, it was a great place to go. This show has several vendors, exhibits, kids corner, demos, silent auction, live auction and door prizes. Exhibits-
  2. On September 17th, 2022, ESCONI held a field trip to a coal mine spoil pile near Danville, IL. It was a fairly hot day with temperatures in the upper 80's. However, it was a productive field trip. There had been quite a bit of work on the hill this summer and it was looking quite different from the spring. The road to the top went around from the left instead of the right. There weren't as many exposed fossils in "Red Dog" found this time, but concretions were readily available for collecting. There were a few Forum members present. @deutscheben @connorp I'm sure I'm forge
  3. Today was the late Summer ESCONI Braceville Shaftmine collecting trip. Well it was the first day, tomorrow will be the second day of the outing. Today’s trip ran from 9 am - 3 pm. I arrived early and unpacked my car. I try to bring a number of fossils that are dumped out for the participants to go through around noon time. Today I brought a potpourri of fossils that included a bunch of opened Mazon Creek fossils, Pleistocene/Pliocene shells from Florida, Oligocene mammal fossils from South Dakota, Cretaceous Pierre Shale ammonite / bivalves from South Dakota, Mississippian fossils
  4. I donated the below specimen to the Field Museum of Natural History. It is identified as an Esconichthys apopyris. Work is being done on redefining/solidifying the categorization of this species, and a professional helped facilitate my donation to the museum. There are details on this specimen such as a yolk sac and I look forward to hearing if there are internal details such as vascular structures. I feel like I can see them but I am excited to open it up to professional analysis through donation to a research institution.
  5. Today I spent about 5 hours at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois at the ESCONI (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois) Show. It was nice to see the whole show again after Covid restrictions have been raised. The show, which is free, including parking, took place in 2 large rooms and there were many vendors. The show also has door prizes, exhibits, demonstrations, silent and live auctions as well as some Fossil Forum members. Below is a picture of @stats Rich (Right), me (Center) and @connorp Connor (Left). I know there were other members, but do n
  6. Today I stopped by the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois to attend the ESCONI Fall Mineral and Fossil Show. This was a limited show and did not have vendors like in the past, but it was still a great show for all who attended. The had things for kids as well as silent and live auction items, they were also selling all kinds of fossil and mineral related books, as well as all of @fiddlehead Jack Witry’s books on Mazon Creek Fauna and Flora and the was a Green River prep going on. A good time was had by all and it was great to see the excitement on younger kids when they won the sil
  7. I am getting some fossils together to take to the ESCONI Braceville Shaft Mine trip that is running this Saturday and Sunday. The fossils that are collected there are Mazon Creek flora and fauna. When I am able to make one of these trips, I always pick up the car with several buckets full of fossils that we dump out and allow the participants to take home. This time I’m bringing a bunch of Mazon Creek fossil’s, Ordovician fossils from St. Leon, Indiana, Mississippian fossils from Anna, Illinois, Pliocene / Pleistocene shells from Florida, some echinoids and shark teeth from Morocco
  8. This morning I drove out to Braceville, Illinois to meet a group of ESCONI (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois) members for one of the annual Braceville Shaft Mine trips to collect Mazon Creek concretions. The temp at 7:45 am was a brisk 45 degrees, but warmed up quickly. As in past visits, I brought 7 buckets of fossils so the leaders could dump out for the participants. On this trip I brought opened Mazon Creek concretions, Pliocene shells and some dugong bones from Florida, Echinoids from Morocco, Pennsylvanian, Ordovician and Mississippian hash plates and some other miscellaneous foss
  9. Today was the 2nd day of the ESCONI Braceville Shaft Mine Trip to collect Mazon Creek concretions. I was not able to go yesterday since I did not arrive back from Puerto Rico until later that night. I did want to make it out today because I had a number of buckets of fossils (Mazon Creek flora and fauna, Indiana and Kentucky Ordovician has plates and loose horn Coral / bryozoan, Moroccan echinoids and Pleistocene/Pliocene shells) to dump out for the participants. I was not sure that the trip was going to go on due to rain, but I did receive a PM from @stats Rich advising me that i
  10. Sasquatch1112

    Braceville fossil hunting

    Tomorrow I will be heading out on my first ESCONI trip. I will keep you guys updated on what we find!
  11. The ESCONI fall field trip to Braceville, IL will be on September 14th and 15th, 2019. Come on out and stock up on Mazon Creek concretions to freeze and thaw this winter. We have two Braceville field trips each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. There is space to 50 people in each day. You do need to be a member of ESCONI to attend. That is a simple process on our website using PayPal. Send an email to fossil54@att.net to reserve a place! All the details are here: https://www.esconi.org/esconi_earth_science_club/2019/08/esconi-field-trip-to-braceville-il-for-mazon-
  12. Today I went on a dual club field trip (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois and Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society) to an Ordovician aged quarry in Roscoe, Illinois. It was a hot day for fossil hunting, but a cool breeze kept things refreshing. There were over 20 people on the trip and everyone was finding fossils of some sort. Some pictures of the quarry.
  13. This morning I left the house early to drive out to the Braceville Shaft Mine in Braceville, Illinois to drop off 6 buckets of open Mazon Creek concretions so the 50 or so members of ESCONI could take anything that caught their eye. Today is the first trip to the Shaft Mine this year for ESCONI and the members are going to have great weather. Unfortunately for me, I only did a drop and run since I have to work today. Other FF members like Rich @stats also brought buckets to dump for the participants to go through. Rich along with two other ESCONI members run the trips
  14. minnbuckeye

    St Paul Stone Quarry

    @Raggedy Man posted this a few years ago. I have always wanted to visit this quarry. Does anyone know how the quarry currently operates ? Does ESCONI have any trips planned there? Now that I am retired, I am at liberty to visit about any time!!!!! Just need to know how. Posted June 1, 2016 (edited) Many people have expressed interest in hunting the Waldron at the St.Paul Stone Quarry, but due to not being involved with a club access is denied.....or is it? It is my pleasure to announce major changes in ac
  15. To day I stopped by the ESCONI Rock / Fossil and Gem Show that was held today and again tomorrow at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois. It is a nice little show and a great way to start the Spring season. In my opinion, the show was a little smaller than last year, but that did not stop the people from coming to seen what was for sale and to look at displays of nice fossils. The ESCONI Show is a free show, no entrance fee and no parking fee. When you enter, you are greeted from members of Esconi who will give you a ticket for a door prize. Throughout th
  16. Today I went on the E.S.C.O.N.I. (Earth Science Club Of Northern Illinois) fossil collecting trip for Mazon Creek concretions to the Braceville Shaft Mine in Braceville, Illinois. It was a great day for the trip since it had rained recently and exposed a lot of concretions that made surface collecting great, that coupled with great overcast skies and temps in the upper 60's. It was a great day had by all and there must have been hundreds of concretions collected. Here is are a couple Aerial shots of the Shaft Mine. We met at 8 am and most people stayed unt
  17. This past Saturday I was finally able to join ESCONI on one of their quarry field trips, this time to the Vulcan Manteno Quarry in Kankakee County, Illinois. After a relatively quick jaunt up I-57, I arrived at the quarry along with about 20 other enthusiasts, all clad in hard hats and neon safety vests. It is still an active quarry, although no mining was happening on that day, so the manager went over the rules with everyone- no climbing the rock piles, no getting too close to the high wall or the edge of the pit. Then we car-pooled down to the bottom of the quarry. The quarry ex
  18. I'm wondering if any FF members are going to the ESCONI fossil show this weekend? It's at the DuPage fairgrounds and more information can be found on their webpage if you're looking at going. We are going to try to get there right at open(10am) Saturday as we have some other stuff going on in the afternoon, and it's a bit of a drive for us. For those of you with kids, we went last year, and the kids had a great time. They had a little area set up with common fossils for the kids to start a collection. They could also buy some other common fossils and minerals for cheap. I'm not sure if it will
  19. Esconi was having their semi annual Mazon Creek fossil dig the weekend of September 10th. I joined with a 3 year membership, which I feel is a steal at only 50 dollars. By being a member you get access to this dig in Braceville as well as others. It was raining the night before the dig, and there were a couple spotted showers in the few hours we were there, but mostly just cloudy. We all met up at a gas station nearby, and then drove to the site. I made the bad decision of thinking I would just throw bug spray on when we get to the site. Definitely make sure you put bug spray on before you sta
  20. I recently spent about 10 hours surface collecting in pit 11 on the south unit of the Mazon-braidwood state wildlife area and honestly didn't have much success. I'm wondering if anyone knows when Esconi plans to have their first outing to the private pile in Braceville?
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