September 2017

FOSSIL SECTION EVENTS TBD - watch for email notice of date and time

LIFE SCIENCES SECTION HERBARIUM WORKSHOP
TBD - watch for email notice of date and time.

8 Fri: ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475 Main Speaker to be determined. Short talk: "Knitting to the Moon - the key role knitting played in programming the Apollo Guidance Computer" by Ted Lechman. $1.00 hotdogs available at 7:00 p.m. prior to meeting. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

11 Mon: ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING
7 p.m. Farash Center at Ionia. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid: 533-2097.

15 Fri: ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Northampton Park, Brockport at the Ski Lodge parking lot off Hubbell Rd. For more information, Contact: Jim Seidewand, (585) 703-9876.

16 Sat: ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Ionia Fall Festival! For cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid: 533- 2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events

19 Tues: MINERAL SECTION MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs Meeting Room. Annual "Show and Tell / Swap and Sale Event". Featured are section minerals at reasonable prices. Door prizes and refreshments. Contact: Stephen Busschaert, mineralvp@rasny.org.

20 Wed: RAS BOARD MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

30 Sat: LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10:00 a.m. Tinker Nature Center, Henrietta. Fall foliage field trip. Contact: Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.

ONGOING EVENT
ASRAS will operate the telescope, or one on the sidewalk, at Strasenburgh Planetarium on mostly clear Saturday nights. Contact: Jim Seidewand, (585) 703-9876.

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January 2017

There is no meeting for the Fossil Section in January.

There is no Astronomy Section public star party in January.

Life Science-Herbarium Notice: Watch for email notices regarding work meetings to quickly sort and transport herbarium specimens to make way for RMSC construction. Many willing hands will be needed. Thanks in advance for your help.

Fri 6 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. RIT Gosnell Hall Room A 300. Speaker: Dr. Craig McMurtry, University of Rochester. Topic: "NEOCAM - A New Satellite to Search for Near Earth Orbit Objects." Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Mon 9 ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING 7 p.m. University of Rochester, Bausch & Lomb Hall, 4th floor, Chart Room. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Sun 15 WINTERFEST at Mendon Ponds Park  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No matter what the weather, join the community at the County's Annual Winterfest at Mendon Ponds Park! You can hike, race, geocache, ride a wagon, watch sled dogs run, meet wild critters, a patrol dog and horse, plus so much more! See detailed information about the activities at http://mendonpondswinterfest.org
Don't forget we'd like your help at the Astronomy or Fossil and Mineral booths!

Sun 15 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 11:00 a.m. Visitors Center, Mendon Ponds Park, Winterfest Event. We will meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. From there we will travel to the activities in the park. For directions contact Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.

Tues 17 MINERAL SECTION MEETING  7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 in the Downstairs Meeting Room. Join us for refreshments and a presentation by Vandall King about "Franklin Marble--the Other Franklin." The Franklin area of New Jersey is famous for its fluorescent minerals in the zinc mines. In the Franklin Marble, you can find about 85 different minerals, many unique and world class, including green tourmaline, golden mica, big diopside crystals, giant scapolite, and more. You can access these sites through quarry field trips. Contact: Stephen Busschaert 351-7633

Sun 22 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Events include: Sledding party for kids of all ages. Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. Open House open to public. For weather related cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

February 2017

Friday 3, ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING -- 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Professor Richard O'Shaughnessy (RIT) will speak on the recent Gravity Wave discovery.
Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Tuesday 7, FOSSIL MEETING -- 7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Auditorium 2300 Elmwood Ave. Michael Grenier will present a slide-show talk on "Dinosaur Research in 2016: Dinosaur Blood & Brains, Evolution of Flight & Feathers, Endothermy, & Other Amazing Finds." Visitors welcome.

Sunday 19, ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE --12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Events include: Sledding party for kids of all ages. Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. Open House for the public. For weather related cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

Tuesday 21 MINERAL SECTION MEETING -- 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs Meeting Room. Meteorite Show and Tell. Members are invited to bring in their meteorites, meteor "wrongs", and impactites. Join us for refreshments and discussion of rocks from outer space. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

March 2017

Friday 3 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING -- 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Professor Mike Richmond and Jennifer Connelly (RIT) will speak on their Kitts Peak Observing experience. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Tuesday 7, FOSSIL MEETING --7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Downstairs Meeting Room 2300 Elmwood Ave. Speaker Carlie Pietsch discusses "The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and it's implications on the ecology and evolution of mollusks." Visitors welcome

Saturday 18 ASTRONOMY TELESCOPE TUNE-UP DAY -- 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Strassenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum of Science.  Bring your telescope for a tune-up and repair by Astronomy Section volunteers. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Sunday 19 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Young Astronomers: Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. For more information contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

Tuesday 21 MINERAL SECTION MEETING -- 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs Meeting Room. Retired geologist and member Fred Haynes will present "Adventures in Mineral Collecting in New York State."  The talk will include a bit on the rich and varied bedrock geology of New York State, a bit about the history of many of the locations, some stories about collecting at them, and a lot of pictures of minerals. Fred will also bring specimens from a number of the interesting locations he has visited in the past five years. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

April 2017

Tuesday April 4, FOSSIL MEETING 7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Auditorium 2300 Elmwood Ave. Guest speaker Alaina Hickey on "Paleoecology of Devonian Rugose Corals: Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis on Surviving Organic Matter." Also Field Trip planning.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 Annual Meeting (7:15 PM) and Spring Lecture (7:30 PM) at the Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618   Our speaker will be Doug Bassett, Letchworth Stage Park Naturalist.  Title of talk:  "The Nature of Letchworth"

No Mineral Section General Meeting this month.

Thursday April 20--Sunday April 23     44th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

 

May 2017

Tuesday, March 21 - Mineral Meeting – 7:00–9:00 p.m. in the Downstairs Meeting Room, Brighton Town Hall. 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Retired geologist and member Fred Haynes will present "Adventures in Mineral Collecting in New York State." The talk will include a bit on the rich and varied bedrock geology of New York State, a bit about the history of many of the locations, some stories about collecting at them, and a lot of pictures of minerals. Fred will also bring specimens from a number of the interesting locations he has visited in the past five years. Door prizes and refreshments. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

June 2017
FOSSIL SECTION EVENTS for June
June 3 Sat:  Rickard Hill Road Fieldtrip: Schoharie County, New York. Ordovician Fossils
June 6 Tues:  Section Meeting: Section Picnic at 6:00Pm at Buckland Pavilion, Buckland Park in Brighton
June 10 Sat:  ADK Day: Mendon Ponds Park. 9:00 till 4:00
June 17 Sat:  Jaycox Run Fieldtrip: Joint with the Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club. Middle Devonian fossils
June 22 Thurs:  Fieldtrip to Deep Run: Middle Devonian Fossils
June 28 Wed:  Burroughs Audubon Family Nature Night: Held at their site in Victor from 6:00 to 8:30.
Additional fieldtrips are being scheduled. Contact: Dan Krisher, (DLKFossil@gmail.com)

June 2 Fri: ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING – 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Robert Egerman of Harris will present NASA's Widefield Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Mission. $1.00 hotdogs available at 7:00 p.m. prior to meeting. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

June
5 Mon: ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING –  7 p.m. Farash Center at Ionia. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

June
11 Sun: ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE – 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Skies permitting. For weather related cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid: 533- 2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calen dar-of-events

June
14 Wed: LIFE SCIENCES  HERBARIUM WORKSHOP1-4 p.m. Life Sciences section will hold a workshop at the RAS Herbarium, located in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). No experience needed! If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to Elizabeth Pixley. At RMSC go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. Contact: Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator, 334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com).

June 16 Fri: ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY
9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park, youth camping area. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand, (585) 703-9876.

June 17 Sat: LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10:00 a.m. Wildflower and Tree Field Trip. Meet at 1525 Calkins Rd. parking lot of Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta. We will examine the plants on the trails and visit Tinker's Hansen Nature Center. Contact: Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.

June 21 Wed: RAS BOARD MEETING
7 p.m.Farash Center/Wolk Observatory in Ionia. Tour begins at 6 p.m.

July 2017
LIFE SCIENCES SECTION HERBARIUM WORKSHOP To be determined - watch for e-mail notice of date and time.

July 7 Fri: ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475 John Davis will present work done at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab of the University of Arizona. $1.00 hotdogs available at 7:00 p.m. prior to meeting. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

July 10 Mon: ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING 7 p.m. Farash Center at Ionia. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

July 13 Thurs: LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 10:00 a.m. Meet with Burroughs-Audubon and Rochester Butterfly Club for a butterfly and wildflower trip in Black Creek Park, Chili. For details and directions call Larry Hirsch 429-6199.

July 16 Sun: ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. For cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid: 533- 2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calen dar-of-events

July 14 Fri: ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Northampton Park, Brockport at the Ski Lodge parking lot off Hubbell Rd. For more information, Contact: Jim Seidewand, (585) 703-9876.

July 28 Fri - 29 Sat: ASTRONOMY SECTION RocheStar Fest. A weekend of astronomy activities. Check www.rochesterastronomy.org for more information.

August 2017

No ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING in August

FOSSIL SECTION EVENTS
TBD - watch for e-mail notice of date and time.

LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP
TBD - watch for -email notice of date and time.

7 Mon: ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING
7 p.m. Farash Center at Ionia. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

13 Sun: ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8355 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Perseid Meteor shower! For cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid, 533- 2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events

16 Wed: RAS BOARD MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

19 Sat. LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10 a.m. Corbetts Glen. Meet at the entrance just off 441 to start checking the status of plants on Pat Martin's Survey of a few years ago. This park contains fields, meadows, hills and water habitats. Rain date Sun Aug 20. Contact: Karen Wolf, 670-9709 or Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.

Special Event
Mon August 21: Solar Eclipse
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Strasenburgh Planetarium, RMSC. Solar observing stations will be manned by the Astronomy Section.

25 Fri: ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park, at Hopkins Point Road near the youth camping area. Contact: Jim Seidewand: (585) 703-9876.

26 Sat: ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD TRIP
10 a.m. Letchworth State Park for Flint-knapping demonstrations, 19th century Mountain men encampment, Atlatl spear throwing, and nature trails/scenic outlooks. We will meet to carpool at the Double Tree Inn near the Rt 390 entrance. Rain date Sun. Aug 27. Contact: Karen Wolf, 670-9709.

30 Wed: LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10:00 a.m. BANC property, 301 Railroad Mills Rd, Victor. Dragonflies and Late Summer Flowers walk with Jon Dombrowski. Contact: Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.


Last Updated July 20, 2017