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President's Message

This sure is a busy time of the year for TBFC. In the next three or four months we’ll need to get in four more meetings, eight or more field trips, and FossilFest, the largest “paleo” show in the southeast. As soon as we close the doors to FossilFest, we’ll be loading up for the Peace River Adventure, TBFC’s largest field trip of the year where 300+ people will gather for a “paleo” weekend. With the help of the Officers, Directors, and good folks like you, everything will be accomplished and we’ll have a great time doing it.

February 6th Meeting
Prehistoric St Pete:
The Archaeology of the Weedon Island Site
With Becky O’Sullivan, M.A., RPA

For almost 100 years, archaeologists have been interested in the mounds and middens created by Native Americans at the Weedon Island site in St Petersburg. Our February meeting will feature Becky O’Sullivan from the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Becky will teach us about some of the amazing finds at the Weedon Island site, and update us on the discovery of a 1,100 year old canoe. Come and learn about the prehistoric residents of the area.

Becky O’Sullivan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Resource Management from the University of South Florida. Becky is the Public Archaeology Coordinator at the West Central Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network office in Tampa.

Peace River Adventure 2016 April 16th & 17th, 2016 (DATE CHANGE)

The Peace River Adventure is a wonderful family outing and the only TBFC fieldtrip when we invite non-members to join in on the hunt. This is your opportunity to introduce friends and family to TBFC and Florida’s prehistoric past. The river is at its shallowest level and accessible by hunters of all ages.

The Peace River Adventure will take new and seasoned fossil hunters into the beautiful Peace River near Zolfo Springs. Instruction will be provided for screen washers. An afternoon barbeque dinner, benefit auction, and campfires galore will follow the day of fossil hunting. On top of all of that, the Peace River outing boasts some of TBFC’s hottest selling t-shirts of the year. You can find registration forms in this edition of the Chronicles. Sign up early! This weekend trip only comes around once a year (with some folks arriving as early as Thursday). If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: (813) 909-9358 or fossilnerd@msn.com). And, if you’re interested in volunteering at the event for a couple hours, please let me know.

Good Hunting!
Mike Searle