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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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-
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. For those in the Illinois area. ESCONI's friday (June 13) meeting will feature an interesting talk about the large intact Fossilized Forests that have been found in Illinois recently. My understanding is that in 2007, the large fossil forest in the Herrin Coal was found and studied. And then in 2012, an even larger one was found in the Springfield Coal. I've linked articles about both of these forests. ESCONI General Meeting 8:00 p.m. College of Dupage, - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Snapshot in time – Geologic Secrets of the Springfield Coal Fossilized Forests Scott
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