When: Sunday, June 26, 2022 Travel: Meet at Helmcken Park & Ride at 9 am to arrange carpooling.
Paid members will have received the field trip destination description via email. Any others may plead your case to VicPS President Jerri Wilkins.
Access/Equipment: Site suitable for collectors of all ages and activity levels, although productivity of the site varies due to its protected nature. Parking is within a few meters of the start of a fifteen-minute walk on mostly flat ground to the site. This is an intertidal site, so expect slippery rocks. Fossils are found in the rock and in concretions, so small chisels and even a sturdy jackknife for the mudstones and a good hammer or sledge, chisel, and protective eyewear are required for the harder rock. Bring jacket hat, sunscreen, water and a lunch.
The next VanPS meeting is May 18 (Wednesday) at 7 pm, on Zoom, and you are invited to attend and participate.
Title: Talking Rocks: Paleontology Meets Sociology in the Anthropocene
Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Rebecca Yoshizawa will share perspectives as a sociological interloper entering the world of paleontology. From a gruelling trek to the Burgess Shale, to finding a fossil in her backyard, exploring paleontology’s thorny involvement in colonialism, and analyzing the promise of paleontology for saving the world, Dr. Yoshizawa reflects on the personal and the political when it comes to paleontology.
Bio: Dr. Rebecca Yoshizawa is an instructor in Sociology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She teaches the sociology of science, gender, health, technology, nonhumans, and families. Her research has concerned reproductive sciences and politics as well as developmental origins biology, with publications in Body & Society, Social Theory and Health, Feminist Theory, and the scientific journal Placenta. Her current research focuses on paleontology and its role in contentious conversations about deep time, place, and the Anthropocene.
VicPS members, please look to your email inbox for a missive that includes the Zoom info.
News coverage of the succesful Fossil Fair held by VicPS at Swan Lake can be found at the Saanich News website here. Congrats to all the volunteers and VicPS members who contributed their time and effort to this educational and fun event!
We do not have a speaker this month, so this Wednesday’s monthly meeting will be used to plan for the Fossil Fair.
If you would like to be involved in Fossil Fair planning or are volunteering, paid members may check their email for the Zoom link for Wednesday at 7:30pm. Non-members with an interest in participating should contact Jerri Wilkins by email.
Travel: 9am, meet at Helmcken Park & Ride. Arrive at Java World in Duncan by 10am to meet participants from the Duncan area, then proceed to our destination. Return to Park & Ride between 3-4 pm. Return times are approximate, subject to Malahat traffic.
Exposure:Paid VicPS members will have received details in their email as to where we’re headed and what fossil specimens to expect.
Equipment: A good hammer, chisel, and protective eyewear are recommended, as is a glue/water solution to stabilize fragile pieces and newsprint or paper towel for wrapping. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for all weather (rain, wind) and bring drinking water and snacks.
Please join VicPS at our monthly meeting on February 9th at 7:30pm for the following:
The Cretaceous Nanaimo Group, B.C.:A Complicated Depositional History on an Active Margin, presented by Shahin E. Dashtgard, Applied Research in Ichnology and Sedimentology (ARISE) Group, Dpt. of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
This presentation is open to all BC Palaeontology Society Members and guests. The meeting will be recorded for future reference. Paid members of VicPS and BCPS will have received the Zoom meeting connection details by email.
To request the Zoom details again, please contact VicPS President Jerri Wilkins.
Time edited to be 7:30 pm. Sorry for the late update!
We have changed our Annual General Meeting date this year. Why? As a member of VicPS, attend this next AGM and perhaps you’ll learn why!
What: Annual General Meeting When: Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm Where: Virtual Meeting via Zoom
The AGM will follow a presentation by guest speaker Kristina Barclay, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology and Anthropology, University of Victoria: Ghosts of Crabs Past: Using Palaeontological Tools to Understand the Health of Crabs and Their Shelled Prey.
CALL FOR AGENDA ITEMS!
Here is the DRAFT AGM AGENDA:
Meeting Called to Order
Welcome Members and Guests
Review/Approve minutes of previous AGM
Report from the Chair (2021 Summary) – Jerri Wilkins
Notable Board Decisions
Treasurer’s Report – Scott MacPhail (submit to file)
Field Trip Report – Jerri Wilkins (submit to file)
VicPS Collections/Loans Report – Jerri Wilkins (submit to file)
Election of Officers
Chair – Jerri Wilkins
Vice Chair– Tom Cockburn
Secretary – Carol Barbon
Treasurer – Scott MacPhail
Director-at- Large (+website/social media) – Tom Celuszak
Fossil Fair 2022
VicPS members may look to their email for the Zoom meeting connection details.