Scientists gather for Fossil Day in Republic

— Scientists from all over the country and into Canada will join to help Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site celebrate National Fossil Day.

The event, set for Oct. 9-14, will include painting a geologic timeline on part of Kean Street, scientific presentations and hands-on activities designed by the scientists.

Events are free of charge. Schools and colleges from around the state have been invited to the center, 15 N. Kean St.

“The timeline painting is an activity we are doing with visiting school groups and the public,” Brown said. “We will be blocking off one side of the street - closest to the city park - and drawing the periods of time in big blocks, then when each school group arrives they will draw a time out of the hat.”

With the assistance of the Stonerose staff, volunteers and visiting scientists, they will draw their own rendition of the geology and life during that time period, she said.

Additional activities at the same time include David Morgan giving a hands-on presentation on his family’s fossil collection and Deborah Freile doing ancient coral reef activities.

Scientists will arrive Oct. 9 and stay through the event.

“Our goal is to promote and enhance science education in order to broaden public knowledge and allow casual networking with the scientific community,” Administrative Assistant Clementine Brown said.

Scientists and their presentation topics include:

• Bruce Archibald, paleoentomologist, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, “Republic Fossil Insects: Current research.”

• Rolf Mathews, paleobotanist, Simon Fraser University, “The Quilchena Fossil Site: Good things in a small package.”

• Melanie DeVore, paleobotanist, Georgia College and State University, “She Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shore and more: Why Ammonites ‘twist’ our imagination,” “Why drop your Leaves? What Republic fossils tell us about the origin of temperate trees.”

• Deborah Freile, geologist, New Jersey City University, “Fossil activities.”

• George Mustoe, paleobotanist and geologist, Western Washington University, “Wading ancient waters: The geologic history of Stonerose Lake,” “Washington fossil footprints: Tracking birds and beast of a bygone era.”

• Bill Richards, geologist, North Idaho College, “Gigapixel technology used for paleontolological and field research.”

• Rosalie Faubion, Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology Museum in Kennewick, “Fossil activities.”

• Madilane Perry, archeologist with Ferry County Historical Society, “Ferry County Railroad history presentations.”

Organizers are seeking donations of gift baskets for the presenters, lodging and funding for event expenses.

By day, the schedule includes:

• Thursday, Oct. 10 – 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. school time line painting and other activities; 10 a.m. science talk, 2 p.m. science talk, 6:30-8 p.m. presentations.

• Friday, Oct. 11 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. school time line painting and other activities, 10 a.m. science talk, 2 p.m. science talk, 6:30-8:30 p.m. presentations at Freckle Face Barbecue by Mustoe, Mathews and Richard.

• Saturday, Oct. 12 – 8-11 a.m. guided fossil digging, 2-3 p.m. group activities with Faubion, 6-8:30 p.m. presentations at Republic High School by DeVore, Archibald and Mustoe.

• Sunday, Oct 13 – 8-10 a.m. geology tour, 5-8 p.m. presentations at Freckle Face Barbecue by Perry, Freile and DeVore.

• Monday, Oct. 14 – 8 a.m. to noon, gold pour tour by Kinross (tour filled, no openings available).


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