Meetings

Guests are always welcome at our meetings!  They are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 7:30 PM at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map below).  The format includes an educational presentation, followed by refreshments, and a short business meeting.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Member Pot luck

We will be having our Member Pot Luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 14, 2018 – Public comments due

West Mojave Route Network Plan now available for public comment

It’s time to check the maps online to ensure the routes to your favorite collecting areas are included!
The Draft West Mojave Route Network Project LUPA/DSEIS is nowopen to public comment (through 6/14/18). The WMNRP is a critical component of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) for Rockhounds, because its maps incorporate routes to collecting areas. Destinations without vehicular access will make it impossible for many rockhounds to visit them. Rockhounds, please review BLM’s map data to ensure routes to your favorite collecting areas are in the map. (See Hyperlinks below)

Analysis of DRECP Draft EIS/EIR

Rockhounding Site Map

BLM Press Release

Sat June 23 & Sun June 24
Fiesta of Gems – Culver City

The Fiesta of Gems show is coming to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City on June 23rd & 24th.
In addition to the 35 vendors, 20 hand-crafted display cases, and 10 live demonstrations, there’s something to
o for the whole family.

Children will learn a bit about earth sciences from the variety of fun games. They’ll discover the beauty of nature
created inside a common-looking geode as we cut it open. Not only is there free admission and free parking, but
everyone receives a free door prize ticket for a drawing each hour.

Mom and dad will like shopping for interesting stones and unusual jewelry among our 35 vendor booths.
Gardeners can browse the plant table for bargains, hobbyists will like the selection of used magazines, and for
those interested in making jewelry, we will be running eight workshops to teach a variety of skills.

For more info visit:  http://www.culvercityrocks.org/fiesta.htm

 

Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m.

“Mysterious Cold Spots on the Moon: A New Class of Impact Craters”
Lecture by Jean-Pierre Williams, University of California, Los Angeles

Mapping by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed areas having unusually low temperatures called “cold spots”; regions associated with recently formed impact craters. The cold spots identify the recently formed impact craters. Studying them improves our ability to use impact chronology to date planetary surfaces. The larger cold spot craters are candidate source craters for lunar meteorites; their formation ages are a few hundred thousand to a million years, similar to ejection ages of most lunar meteorites.   For more info visit: http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu

 

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Ventura County Fair Entries Accepted

It is always fun for friends and family to see your material at the Fair!  Reserve your Display Case by contacting Diane Cook or enter individual items.  The Entry Guide is available at  https://www.venturacountyfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Gems-and-Minerals.pdf

Entries will be accepted Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22 between 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.   Pick up day will be Monday, August 13 between 10:00 AM-7:00 PM.

 

 

National Park Service

2018 Fee Free Days on Federal Public Lands

Here are the 2018 fee free days offered for recreation sites under the management of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.  While many parks, facilities and services associated with these agencies are free, some require a fee. Recreation fees, authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, enable federal land management agencies to reinvest in the management of various recreation sites.

2018 Fee Free Days
September 22 – National Public Lands Day
National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service
November 11 – Veterans Day
National Park Service
U.S. Forest Service (11th and 12th)

 

Death Valley National Park Fossil Thieves

$1,000 Reward – Death Valley National Park

Fossil Thieves stole several fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by mammals and birds, were missing. Now, Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports for Gizmodo, the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of backpackers who may have information on the ancient tracks.  In a statement, the National Park Service released the photos of three men who might have witnessed the crime or have knowledge about the disappearance of the footprints. Investigators are offering an award of up to $1000 “for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” the statement reads. According to Mandelbaum, investigators are planning to interview visitors who frequented the Park at the time of theft, in the hopes that someone will be able to provide valuable clues.

Destroying—or pilfering—the property of national parks is prohibited by law. “It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement about the fossil thefts. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”

The National Park Service has asked anyone with information about the stolen fossils to call the Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030