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  • November 29, 2021 9:18 AM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    By all accounts, our recent celebration of BAPG's 36th anniversary (I prefer to think of it as the 1 year anniversary of our 35th anniversary) was a rousing success. Over 30 registered for the event and it was great to see so many officers, directors, and members from the past and present.  Thanks to Freedom Run Winery for hosting us and sharing some of your superb wine.  We were also treated to a fascinating discussion about the convergence of geology and microclimate that makes the Niagara Escarpment ideal for viticulture.  Thanks to Kelli Grabowski for sharing her research, materials, and stories about growing up in the area!  I look forward to seeing you at the next event!


    Outgoing BAPG President

  • October 06, 2021 4:59 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Learn to Use ArcGIS Pro for Image-Processing/Remote Sensing
    Twelve (12) YouTube videos are now available that provide image-processing instructions for ArcGIS Pro users, instructors, and students who want to do their own processing, enhancement, and information extraction of satellite and airborne (including drone) remote sensing data. Here’s the YouTube link to the Introduction Tutorial Video:  

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel to view the 12 lab exercise videos (also available at the YouTube Channel as a playlist). 

    The YouTube tutorials use examples discussed and shown in Remote Sensing Principles, Interpretation, and Applications, 4th ed. by F.F. Sabins and J.M. Ellis (BAPG member, UB Geology alumni), published by Waveland Press in April 2020.

    The ArcGIS Pro lab manual (step-by-step pdf instructions that provide the foundation for the 12 YouTube videos) with exercise data is available for download at no cost from the textbook publisher's website as a 322MB zip with a README pdf and Overview pdf: http://waveland.com/Sabins-Ellis/

    Download this manual and data if you want to process imagery and DEMs with your copy of ArcGIS Pro while viewing the YouTube videos. 

    The goals of the 12 tutorial videos and lab manual are to 1) make image processing of remote sensing data easier for ArcGIS Pro users, instructors, and students and 2) increase interest in learning about remote sensing principles and applications.

    Questions or Comments?
    Contact: James Ellis   

  • September 09, 2021 6:48 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Jerry Bastedo is the recipient of this year’s Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York Environmental Educator Award. Jerry was a cofounder, first president, and first executive director of the Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, directing the preservation and transformation of a former shale quarry in Hamburg, New York, into a paleontological and outdoor education center that provides a hands-on outdoor classroom for natural sciences studies.

    For information about the NSSWNY Banquet, please see their website.

  • September 09, 2021 6:43 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Join geologist Ray Vaughan for our annual fall geology hike to the Sweetland Preserve. This hike is part of NSSWNY’s Sanctuary Studies Program. Hikers will enjoy a walk through one of the most dramatic stratigraphic columns in Western New York—the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek gorge. Ray will be showing hikers the predominantly shale bedrock that formed hundreds of millions of years ago from tiny particles of clay and other sediments. These sediments were deposited underwater, and accumulated on the sea-bottom for several million years, at a time about 360 million years ago when Western New York was under a shallow inland sea. The hike will take us past a shear zone where an ancient fold serves as an example of how bedrock responds to tectonic stress. We’ll also talk about evidence of more recent geological changes, such as the evolution of the gorge, since the last glaciers retreated from our region some 13,000 years ago.

    The hike will be held on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, weather permitting. The hike will start at the Forty Road parking lot of the NYSDEC Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (off Point Peter Road, about 3 miles southeast of Gowanda) and proceed up the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek to Sweetland. The hike will be approximately 4 miles total. Hikers should wear water shoes and be prepared to walk in water and ford the creek at least four times at thigh-depth. Bring water and a snack. As always, we will bag and carry out any trash we find.

    There is no charge for this field trip, but participants must register beforehand. Please email Ray at rcv9@verizon.net with the subject line “Zoar Hike” to register.

  • September 09, 2021 6:38 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    The Eastern Section of the AAPG will host its 50th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA October 2-6, 2021.  The meeting, themed Unconventional Wisdom, is planned as an in-person event that will feature a range of subjects for geologists from all aspects of the petroleum industry and beyond.  It will be held in downtown Pittsburgh at the Point—the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.

    Two field trips are planned, intended to entice both the geo-curious as well as seasoned geoscientists.  Saturday, Oct. 2, Dan Billman will lead “Climate Change as Seen in Glacial Landscapes” in the vicinity of Moraine Park, north of Pittsburgh.  On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Randy Blood will lead “Marine Zones of the Glenshaw Formation: Fossil Collecting in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.”   No promises are made, but the potential to find anything from a gastropod to a cephalopod is on the table!

    Sunday, Oct. 3 is Student Day.  Among the offerings is a panel discussion with practicing professionals as well as hiring managers who will talk about gaining entry into a career as a geologist.  That will be followed by the convention icebreaker and an opportunity to view Marcellus and Utica cores from the Appalachian Basin.

    Technical sessions from Monday and Tuesday will be themed:

    ·         The Hunt for Critical Minerals

    ·         Basin Analysis/Tools of the Trade

    ·         Geochemistry/Reservoir Characterization

    ·         Topics in CCUS & Energy Transition

    The talks will be in a single track, so all of the presentations will be held in one room. 

    Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology.  We will also have an evening screening of Dr. Tinker’s documentary film, Switch On, about energy and innovation in the developing world.

    Pun intended: Monday night, October 4, the Rolling Stones will be in concert across the Allegheny River at Heinz Field.  What good would a geoscience convention be without a rock concert?

    Early bird registration pricing ends September 17. 

    Note that you can register with the Wyndham at the conference rate of $164/night until 5:00 PM EST on September 17. The Wyndham has informed us that they are SOLD OUT for Monday night, so after our block of rooms is released, the price and availability cannot be guaranteed.

    Early registrants will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Stones.  One lucky registrant will win them both.  There will be two more tickets awarded to another registrant at the Sunday Night Icebreaker (Need not be present to win).  If you register early, you are in both drawings. If you register late, you are still in the second drawing, but may have to sleep in your car.  

    The Links you need are:

    Register for the ES-AAPG Unconventional Wisdom Conference

    The Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh 

  • September 09, 2021 6:27 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Erie County Earth Science Day

  • September 09, 2021 6:19 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

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    SUNY Buffalo State College is hosting the NYSGA Annual Conference and Field Trips on September 24 - 26th.  For more information about the event and field trips offered, please visit the NYSGA website.

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