Canadian Arctic glaciers expose new rocks for study by the Geological Society of Canada. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island Paleontological Society (VIPS) AGM, lecture and workshop

March 10 at the Courtenay and District Museum

The Vancouver Island Paleontological Society’s annual general meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Courtenay and District Museum. All past and current members are welcome to attend. The year in review will cover the many field trips and fossil discoveries from Vancouver Island sites.

After the AGM, at 2 p.m., the society and the museum invite the public to a presentation by Dr. Jim Haggart, “Hunting fossils in the Canadian arctic.”

Dr. Haggart — adjunct professor from UBC, director of the BC Paleontological Alliance, and recently retired from of the Geological Society of Canada — will describe his recent expedition to study the cretaceous rocks and fossils in the Arctic.

Haggart’s specialty is conducting research in the Mesozoic stratigraphy and paleontology, and this has taken him to visit many areas in western North America.

As the snow and glaciers melt back in the Arctic, new rocks never seen before are now exposed, creating opportunities for research.

Learn what new discoveries have been found.

Following the presentation, the VIPS will be hosting a moulding workshop. We are limited to 20 participants and the fee will be $25.

For more information on the workshop, email Dan Bowen at danbowen@shaw.ca to reserve a spot.

For more information on all other aspects of the event, call Bowen at 250-897-5026 or the museum at 250 334 0686

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