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Next Virtual Meeting will be Jan. 9th via YouTube at 7pm with Chris DeLorey, AKA, Dr. Dino! As seen on Dinosaur Hunters!

Next Peace River Trip is scheduled for Jan 23, 2021 - Check the Field Trips page or the Calendar for details!

President's Message

Another Year, Come and Gone

One year ago today I was writing here about what a great year we had lined up for TBFC. We began reaching out to volunteers for FossilFest and we were announcing the great speakers we would have for the monthly meetings. Like everyone else, I had no idea that within about 90 days the entire year would go to heck in a handbag. We made the most of 2020, and TBFC made it through with only some bumps and bruises.

I made a joke at the end of the December meeting that, “TBFC would not go quietly into the night...” And it won’t. We won’t allow that, and more importantly, YOU won’t allow that. The member’s support of TBFC has been overwhelming since COVID slowed us all down. Membership has done well throughout the virus. The online auction we held in November was successful and the monthly virtual monthly meetings have been well attended. I would estimate we have nearly as many people in attendance for virtual meetings as we have historically had in-person. Unfortunately, the simple turning of a calendar page to 2021 doesn’t hit a reset button for society vs. COVID.

As of now, the University of South Florida will not be opening its campus to ad-hoc events in January. That will probably continue through the end of the first semester in May of 2021. While I’ve considered holding meetings outdoors, I have heard the voices of concern regarding any in person gettogethers. For now, we will play it safe and have at least one more virtual meeting. Getting into 2021 we will see what protections the vaccines provide (if any and when) and how our country deals with the virus in the New Year. For now, we are moving forward with our plans to hold FossilFest 2021. It seems we will be able to work the show within the guidelines the Florida State Fair Authority has required. If those guidelines don’t change, maybe we can pull it off. In spite of ourselves, 2021, here we come! TBFC fossil hunters, this is our season! The water is low and the visibility is getting better every day. Get off the couch and into those rivers! We had several good storms this year to stir up the riverbeds and expose more fossils and fossil layers. Don’t think that you have to be a SCUBA diver to get in on this adventure. Some of the best fossils I’ve seen were found by snorkelers and screen-washers. There are fossils to be found!

Fred Hendershot will be running our monthly Peace River day trip on January 23. But don’t wait for him, get out there on your own. Join our Facebook page to connect with other fossil hunters. Organize your own group hunt or canoe trip. Meet at a boat ramp and walk in. I promise you that great fossils await, you just have to get out there and find them. Be safe, social distance, and take care of each other out there. Fossil hunting season is officially open in Florida! Be sure to renew your permits!

Should COVID allow it, the next few months will be very busy for TBFC. We will schedule virtual or in person meetings each month. FossilFest 2021 is on the schedule, and we certainly hope the Peace River Adventure can run. It will take all of the TBFC tribe to pull it off.

Good and safe hunting to you! And happy New Year too!

Mike Searle


TBFC Returns!

Welcome back fossil hunters, it’s that time of year again! The kids are back to school (maybe), the dog days of summer will hopefully come to an end (maybe not until October), and it’s time to wake the Tampa Bay Fossil Club from its summer hibernation! As usual, your TBFC Officers and Directors have already been hard at work preparing for you another great season of interesting meetings, informative lectures, and field trip adventures, COVID allowing! Are you ready?

Tampa Bay Fossil Chronicles

Hopefully you’ve noticed that TBFC has stepped up its game with the newsletter each month. In addition to all of our regular contributors, we’ve added two new recurring articles this season. “In Touch with Inverts” by Rob Carlson was added in September. In this issue, “Paleo Analysis” by Steve Vicari debuts. Each month Steve will be discussing interesting prehistoric fauna and how they relate to extant species.

Please check out all of the articles in each issue. Only TBFC members receive the Chronicles, we don’t post it online or on Facebook.

Jan. 9, 2021
Guest Speaker Chris DeLorey, AKA, Dr. Dino! As seen on Dinosaur Hunters!

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