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President's Message

People “Dig” FossilFest!

Wow…  What a weekend.  And once again, what a successful FossilFest!  I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  Despite poor coverage from the newspapers and radio, we did have great coverage on two television news programs.  In the end, we had a decent crowd.

We have two major goals each year at FossilFest; earn funds to operate TBFC through the year, and to teach the public about Florida’s prehistory and reach out to new members.  We did both.  While we certainly had no records at the gate this year, we did add 22 new families as members with TBFC during FossilFest.  That in itself is a great success!

Thank You!

Everyone worked very hard, some for the entire weekend (TBFC Director David Faucher and Austin Morgan spent about 50+ straight hours at FossilFest). I’d like to thank TBFC’s Officers, Directors, and the members who volunteered to make the show the success that it was and is each year.  We certainly couldn’t have done it without you. If you were one of the 130 plus volunteers during the show, thank you. From the admissions, to the silent auction, club sales, kids mine, set up, break down, security, and everything in-between, I thank you all.  You are the best!

But do not sit down to rest; TBFC’s season isn’t even close to being over yet…

April 4th Meeting
Guy H. Means
Florida’s Roadside Geology

A fourth generation Florida native, Guy H. (“Harley”) Means was born and raised in Tallahassee. Harley grew up on Tall Timbers Research Station where his father was director. Here he was exposed to natural Florida and spent most of his time outdoors observing, collecting and enjoying Florida’s bountiful natural resources. Means has a bachelors and a master’s degree in geology from Florida State University. He is also a licensed professional geologist. He has been employed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Geological Survey (FGS) in Tallahassee. During his tenure at FGS he has acquired professional experience in Florida geology, paleontology, archeology, zoology, natural history and conservation. His research interests include: stratigraphy, paleontology, geoarchaeology and hydrogeology of Florida numerous springs.

Means is also the coauthor to Florida’s Roadside Geology. Walt Disney World, Apollo missions to the moon, orange juice; these are things the average person readily associates with Florida, but geology? Not so much. Roadside Geology of Florida takes the reader from the panhandle through the Central lakes District and all the way down to the Dry Tortugas. Authors Bryan, Scott, and Means lead you through a world of cavernous limestone, boiling spring heads, and rock strata containing the remains of some of the strangest animals that ever walked the Earth.

The Roadside Geology of Florida will be available for purchase and autographs from the author.  If you already own the book, bring it along.

Peace River Adventure
April 25th – 26th

With FossilFest hardly behind us we move directly into TBFC’s second largest event of the year.  With no time for a sigh of relief, the Peace River Adventure is right around the corner.

The Peace River Adventure has turned into one of TBFC’s most popular outings.   As I mentioned previously, with FossilFest comes many new members, some who have never set foot into a river or mine in search of fossilized creatures from the past. The Peace River trip has become these folk’s freshman outing in paleontology and the perfect opportunity to learn how to hunt for their very own fossils. The trip is also a sort of reunion for many of us who have attended the event for more than a decade.

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. An afternoon barbecue 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. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at  (813) 909-9358 or fossilnerd@msn.com).  And, if you’re interested in volunteering at the event for a couple hours, please drop me an email.

In closing, I want to again say thank you again to everyone who helped out this past month. Thank you for making FossilFest, and everything else about TBFC so great.

I look forward to seeing all of the new faces at the April meeting.

Good Hunting,
Mike Searle