The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.

The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in January. Visitors are welcome!

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  • Proposed regulations were issued on December 7, 2016, in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of the Interior for implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA), enacted in 2009. These proposed regulations address "casual collecting" of certain kinds of fossils on Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands, and may affect some of your fossil collecting. The proposed regulations can be found here, and include information on where and how to submit comments, which have deadlines very early in 2017. A background piece on the PRPA can be found on pages 8 and 9 of the May 2009 issue of the MGS newsletter.

  • Officers for 2017 elected at the November 20 meeting. The officers for the coming year are: Gary Lohman, President; Eric Seifter, Vice President; Rob King, Treasurer; and Marci Shore, Secretary. Congratulations and thank you for stepping forward to serve the club in these roles.

  • MGS members were given national and regional awards at the November meeting for articles they wrote for the MGS newsletter. Adult members Michael Hutchins, Bob Farrar, and Gary Lohman received awards from the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS) as did junior members David and Brooke. These junior members also were recipients of their awards (previously announced) from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) - the top two awards made nationally in the Junior Articles category. Check out the complete list at the Rostrum Awards page and see a picture of our honored junior members.


Seen at the November Meeting

There were many fossils and minerals on display at the November meeting. Just a few of these treasures are shown below. Charlie Shyab brought in a beautiful cluster of megalodon shark teeth from the Calvert Cliffs (first photo below). Tom Piscitelli had a rich array of fossils he found at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, including a small Cretaceous nautiloid (second photo below). Among the great fossils and minerals Mark Bennett displayed at the meeting was this roughly six inch long geode filled with deep purple amethyst crystals (third photo below). For photos of more fossils brought to the November meeting, check out the MGS Gallery page.



2017 Dues

Please pay your 2017 MGS membership dues. They are due by December 31st and are still just only $15 for the year.

Next Meeting

Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Meeting runs from 11 am to 3 pm
at the Bowie Community Center,
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715

Directions to the Center can be found
under the Meetings & Trips tab above
or at this link.

Speaker Topic: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA



Local Paleontology Internship for College Student or Recent Grad

The National Park Service's Geoscientists-in-the-Parks program is offering a 12-week paid paleontology internship to investigate, document, and assess fossils exposed at Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm in Oxon Hill, MD. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. More information, including deadlines and contacts, is available on this flyer.


Next Trips

No trips planned at the present time



Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.



Latest Fossil- and Geology-Related Stories on the Web

Use the MGS WebSightings page to read the latest stories posted on the web about new finds and research on fossils and geology.



Paleontological Society Membership

The Paleontological Society has established a new membership category for amateur and avocational paleontologists beginning in 2017. The discounted annual fee is $30 and carries with it all of the benefits of regular membership, including online access to The Society's two journals. Member benefits are outlined here. You can join online or via a paper form here. The President of The Society, Arnie Miller, invites your questions about this new membership category at arnold.miller@uc.edu.


FOSSIL Project

The FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, is networking amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. Its September/October newsletter can be downloaded here.

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