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Unfortunately this is not a trip report, but wanted to let people know who were thinking of making a Montana trip this year that Baisch in glendive shut down for the summer. Shana emailed me the news today. They are trying to keep family safe, and I agree that I think it's best for them. I already prepaid a nonrefundable week out there at a hotel before all the covid went down. I still plan on heading out there, but will have to adjust our fossil plans a bit. I went there 3 years ago with just my daughter, but will have the whole crew in tow this time. The plan was to let everyone collect dinosaur bones 3 days, then invertebrate hunt or random stuff the other days. I plan on doing the atv park one day, and a roadcut north of Malta another, but other than that not sure what else to do. Does anyone know of any other pay to dig sites that are not easily found on the web where you can keep material around there? I know we can observe at the park, and several museums allow kids to do mini digs but not keep things, but my kids want to take home their work. I'm guessing we will just end up settling on invertebrates again. I have the rockhounding Montana book, but if anyone has any great recommendations, I'm always open to suggestions.
Happy belated National Fossil Day! Hope I'm not overstepping from bounds by posting this, but a few people on the forum have asked me how to get out to the one accessible spot left at the C and D Canal in Delaware. It's tricky to find and doesn't look like much when you first get there. I am leading a trip out there this Sunday for Delaware Nature Society as my somewhat belated, but more publicly accessible, National Fossil Day excursion. We are going to be out on the plain that is a the spoils from the canal for a couple hours looking for treasures, but it won't take more then a few minutes to find your first fossil out there. You are welcome to stay and play until sunset if you like. The web site says "Families with children ages 7 and up," but this does not mean that adults with no children in tow are unwelcome, only that the terrain isn't really good for shorter children. The cost for non-members is a whopping $18 per person. You can keep anything and everything you find. People come home with buckets of Belemnites, oodles of Ostrea (well, Agerostrea), and generous numbers of gastropods. Occasional Echodus and shark teeth are also around, but pretty rare in this spot. You can see some of what I've found out there in my album. The matrix is loose sand. Just walk around and pick stuff up! We'll clear a spot of weeds and do a little sifting, too. Register online today. https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/DNS/Events/Registration/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=F17066AS#.Wd9iJUzMz6c While you're at the DNS visitor center to meet for the trip, you can stop inside and see the displays I'll have set up about Fossils from Delaware and beyond. How well can you tell a fossil from a modern shell or a pseudo fossil? Ever looked at a fossil shell under black light before? See the variety of fossils and ages to be found in our tiny state. Or, if you're not going on the trip but just want to explore with smaller folks, sift through the kiddie pool, for canal fossils I collected earlier this year and for Florida shark teeth donated by the Delaware Museum of Natural History. While I'm around I'll be preparing some matrix from Maryland with my handy dental picks. The visitor center activities are free, but trail fees for the rest of the property apply. The visitor center activities will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9-4. For directions, visit www.delnature.org.