April 22, 2005
Jerry Jacene, field manager for Red Feather Fossil Excavations led approximately twenty members and friends around the Site, showing the present status of the digs. They have a three year contract for volunteer training, fossil excavation, screening, preparation, molding, casting, mounting, laboratory work, reproductions, and preparation of museum dioramas. Volunteer work is needed at the present time for all phases of the work. At the site, there are presently three target areas. Most pressing is the salvage work beneath the future visitor center. Also needing attention are the "rhino pit" and a site with the remains of an alligator. The alligator site will be in the open sun all summer, with others being sheltered. Volunteers will need to sign a release, should be prepared with insect repellant, sunscreen, comfortable mud-ready clothing, and boots.
|In-situ tapir material exposed in the salvage dig.|
Jacene, right, discusses volunteer oportunities and
procedures at the Site. The new salvage digs are behind
and in front of the group. The present shelter, now roofless, is in the process of being removed.
The salvage digs are exploring material beneath the planned visitor center. Tapir bones shown above are behind the three white buckets,
overlooks part of the Gray Site previously excavated by
road construction. Structure in background is over the
pit where the
Teleoceras rhinoceros was excavated.
Northwest wall of road excavation. Orange flags mark the grid points of a gravity survey. The blue flag marks the point where
crocodilian remains have been recovered.
|Northeastern shelters, being used for equipment storage and wet processing.|