WKBW Presents Fossil Friday

Fossil Fridays are back! Join us for $7 admission and unlimited fossil hunting on Fridays from June 18 to September 3. Dig, explore, and learn about our natural history at our 54-acre fossil park and nature reserve.

Reservations strongly recommended to avoid waits. To reserve your discount admission rate, follow this link and select tickets on one of the Fossil Friday dates.

Basic collecting tools provided at no charge; hammers and chisels may be rented for $5. Penn Dixie members attend for FREE.

Science Talk Doubleheader

Monday August 23, 7 pm

Get ready for Dig With The Experts with two science talks on one night!

First, Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes presents Britain to Buffalo: The Fossil Connection. His talk will provide an overview of the local rocks and Devonian Period marine fossils found at Penn Dixie. For context, he will discuss the history of geology, Mary Anning, William ‘Strata’ Smith, and their stories connect to the rocks and fossils found in Western New York.

Our second and keynote speaker is Paleontologist Joe ‘PaleoJoe’ Kchodl of Midland, Michigan. PaleoJoe’s talk, Trilobites: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas, will highlight Penn Dixie’s famous fossil — the trilobite — and its cousins from around the world. Learn about the life and death of trilobites and how the Cambrian period became known as the Age of Trilobites.

This is a FREE virtual program thanks to the support of Erie County and the Town of Hamburg. Register here by 6:30 pm on the day of the talk to receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.


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Sex in the Ordovician: Trilobite Reproduction

Monday May 18, 7:00 pm – Virtual Presentation

By Thomas Hegna, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, SUNY Fredonia

This talk focuses on the discovery of trilobites with in situ eggs from the Ordovician of New York State. It uses this discovery as a touchstone to discuss the evolution of trilobite and arthropod reproduction in general.

To participate you’ll need to Register Here and download Zoom. We’ll email a link to the talk shortly before 7 pm.

Virtual Fossil ID

Dig up your unidentified fossil specimens and join us at 4 pm on Friday May 1 for Virtual Fossil ID. Through the magic of Zoom, Penn Dixie experts will identify your fossils and provide some background information about your geological treasures. There is no charge for this program and all ages are welcome to participate. Register below before May 1 to be included in the virtual program.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Computer with webcam, speakers, & microphone/headset; tablet; or smartphone
  • Fossils to identify
  • Any information you can provide about where the fossils were found
  • A ruler or tape measure to show scale
  • Notepad or paper to label specimens

Be sure that your equipment is up and running and that your space is well lit so we can see the specimens. Capacity is limited. We will do our best to make sure that everyone gets a chance to participate but cannot guarantee that we can look at your entire collection. Please note that we cannot appraise fossils — this program is for educational purposes only.

Support for this program is provided by Erie County and the Town of Hamburg.

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She Sells Sea Shells

Science in the Virtual Pub – April 23, 7:30 pm

Mary Anning spent her youth searching for fossils along the Lyme Regis coast in southern England. At the age of 12, Mary uncovered the world’s first ichthyosaur, which was a previously unknown animal whose discovery paved the way for our understanding of evolution and extinction. During his talk, Dr. Phil Stokes, the Executive Director of Penn Dixie Fossil Park will delve into Mary’s discoveries and illustrate the surprising connections between the ancient histories of southern England and Buffalo, NY.

5cf56743b9850.imageClick here to register for Science in the Virtual Pub sponsored by the Paleontological Research Institution. Enter your info and you will receive a link shortly before the presentation.