Find­ing fos­sils with Parrs­boro’s pros

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - BY CHRISTO­PHER GOODING CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PARRS­BORO

The Fundy Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum is po­si­tioned to be­come the sum­mer va­ca­tion cham­pion of Au­gust as it of­fers a se­ries of beach tours and guided walks along the Bay of Fundy coast, in­clud­ing walks to its re­search site at Was­son Bluff.

Some of the old­est di­nosaurs in the world are be­ing dis­cov­ered at Was­son Bluff and on Aug. 2 the mu­seum’s fos­sil lab man­ager, Re­gan Maloney, brought par­tic­i­pants up close to the work be­ing done to learn the se­crets of the Juras­sic era.

For the re­main­der of the month, more guided tours to Was­son Bluff, Partridge Is­land, First Beach will take place, and Aug. 18 to 20 the an­nual Nova Sco­tia Gem and Min­eral Show and Parrs­boro Rock­hound Roundup will take place in the com­mu­nity.

To learn more about the guided walks, visit https://fundy­ge­o­log­i­cal.no­vas­co­tia.ca/ events.

The Fundy Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum’s Fos­sil lab man­ager, Re­gan Maloney, ex­plains how tec­tonic plate move­ment cre­ated the land­scape par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­enced in a guided tour to a Juras­sic-era re­search site.

The low­est tides in the world of­fer easy walk­ing along Was­son Bluff.

Re­gan Maloney points to some of the se­crets found on the cliffs here. Not far from here the small­est di­nosaur tracks were found at Was­son Bluff by vet­eran fos­sil hunter El­don Ge­orge, a re­cip­i­ent of the Order of Nova Sco­tia.

Tren­ton Cameron trav­elled al­most 2,000 kilo­me­tres from On­tario to meet his new hero, Dr. Tim Fedak. Cameron is an avid di­nosaur hunter and his par­ents, Darin and Me­gan, say Tren­ton’s en­thu­si­asm for dig­ging for di­nosaurs at home in­spired them to va­ca­tion in Five Is­lands so they could par­tic­i­pate in the guided walk and look for fos­sils.

Harper Brett shows mu­seum fac­ulty Pa­trick He­neger one of her dis­cov­er­ies on the beach.

Fundy Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor Dr. Tim Fedack shows some of the fos­sils staff lo­cated and recorded just mo­ments ago.

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