WKBW Presents Fossil Friday

Join us for $7 admission on 7 special Fossil Fridays this summer! Dig, explore, and learn about our natural history at our 54-acre fossil park and nature reserve. Fossil Friday dates are: July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 14, 21, & 28.

Reservations required. Click here for full info & safety measures. To reserve your discount admission rate, follow this link and select tickets on one of the Fossil Friday dates.

Tool rental is available. Please bring a bucket, bag, or box for your fossils. Penn Dixie members attend for FREE.

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.

Killing the Cockroach

Cockroaches are feared, hated, sprayed, and stomped. But, we can’t seem to get rid of them. They have survived multiple global disasters and even outlasted the dinosaurs, but can all of their fancy adaptations save them from the current extinction crisis? In his 2019 TEDxBuffalo talk, Penn Dixie Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes explores why some species are more prone to extinction than others.