Annual Meeting 2018 Field Trips Seven field trips will be offered in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Meeting. Advance registration is required. Onsite registration will not be accepted.  
 
  • Campanian-Maastrichtian Dinosaurs and Environments at Dinsosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller
  • Korite Ammolite Mine and Production Facility Tour: An Active Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation Mine-Site in Southern Alberta
  • Visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller
  • Cambrian Vertebrates: The Walcott Quarry and the Burgess Shale
  • Urban Paleontology: Paleocene Mammal Localities of Calgary and Area
  • Late Cretaceous and Paleocene Mammal Localities From Near Red Deer, Alberta
  • The Late Cretaceous of Southeastern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan-Milk River Formation and Belly River Group of Alberta Through to the Cypress Hills Formation
Field Trip Disclaimer
All field trips are subject to change. SVP reserves the right to alter or cancel a field trip due to low registration or if access to site is limited or closed to the public.  In the event of a field trip cancellation, SVP will refund fees in full.

Campanian-Maastrichtian Dinosaurs and Environments at Dinsosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller

Southern Alberta is uniquely famous for its unparalleled diversity and abundance of Campanian-Maastrichtian age dinosaurs and other fossil vertebrates, which have been collected and studied since the 1880s. This field trip focuses on dinosaur and fossil resources in the Oldman and Dinosaur Park formations at Dinosaur Provincial Park (Day 1) and the Horseshoe Canyon and Scollard formations in the Drumheller region (Day 2). During this trip we will visit classic and new sites in both areas, emphasizing the current research activities of numerous research teams, including those from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary. An emphasis will be placed on both the diversity and research significance of the dinosaur assemblages from these areas, as well as attendant stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental research. This trip is not recommended for children for safety and liability reasons. 
Itinerary:
Day 1 — Dinosaur Provincial Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • history of collecting and research; unique access to the Park’s preserve
  • stratigraphic and sedimentologic research
  • ceratopsian bonebeds, multitaxic bonebeds, taphonomy, paleobiology
  • dinosaur assemblages and biostratigraphy
  • vertebrate microfossil sites; paleoecology
  • overnight at Ramada Inn, Drumheller 
  • late supper in Drumheller 
Day 2 – Drumheller Area—home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
  • history of research and collecting
  • stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Edmonton Group
  • hadrosaur bonebeds, new and classic specimens
  • dinosaur assemblages and paleoclimate
  • Albertosaurus bonebed (Horseshoe Canyon Formation)
  • Pisces Point fish locality (Scollard Formation)
  • K-T boundary (if there is time)
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum (if raining)

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
 
Time: Begins Monday, August 21, at 8:00 AM. Ends Tuesday, August 22, at 9:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: from the front of the Calgary Downtown Marriott Hotel 
 
Drop Off Location: from the front of the Calgary Downtown Marriott Hotel 
 
Cost: $290.00 USD per person
 
Cost includes: Transportation via rental vans, double occupancy hotel rooms, snacks, lunch, and a field trip guide.
 
Minimum Number of Participants: 24
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 35
 
Transportation: Rental vans
 
Leaders:
David A. Eberth

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Box 7500
Drumheller, AB T0J0Y0
david.eberth@gov.ab.ca

Donald Brinkman
Caleb Brown
Don Henderson
Dennis R. Braman

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Box 7500
Drumheller, AB T0J0Y0

Philip J. Currie
Eva B. Koppelhus

University of Alberta
Department of Biological Sciences
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

Korite Ammolite Mine and Production Facility Tour: An Active Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation Mine-Site in Southern Alberta

This one day field trip will journey just south of Lethbridge, Alberta to the Late Cretaceous ammolite mine of Korite International. This trip will focus on the geology of southern Alberta with the Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation being the primary focus. Participants will see first-hand the geology of the area surrounding the St. Mary’s River and visit the mine of Korite International. This open pit mine primarily excavates the ammolite gemstone which is found almost exclusively in southern Alberta. Whole specimens of Placenticeras ammonites as well as marine reptiles and dinosaur skeletons are found on occasion. Over the course of many years of mining, no less than six marine reptiles have been found and excavated by Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (RTMP) and Korite staff. All of these vertebrate specimens are currently housed at RTMP. In the spring of 2016, a duck billed dinosaur was found by Korite staff and excavated by staff at RTMP. This specimen is currently being prepared by staff at RTMP.
The second part of this trip will be to visit the Korite International production facility just outside the downtown core in Calgary. Korite international is the world’s largest miner, designer and producer of ammolite jewellery. Their sister company, Canada Fossils, focuses on the natural history side of the business and has helped place many Canadian ammonite specimens in natural history museums all over the world. At the production facility, attendees will see first-hand the transition from rough material to finished ammolite gemstones and jewellery. Attendees will also see how Canada Fossils prepares and restores the beautiful and colourful Placenticeras ammonites from southern Alberta. Attendees will see how a company of this nature is able to work in concert with the Government of Alberta as well as the Government of Canada within some of the strictest laws governing fossil resources. Attendees will learn about the regulatory restrictions of ammolite mining as well as the regulatory restrictions for vertebrate fossils in Alberta. Attendees will see how a company of this nature has been proven positive to the scientific community in Canada and how, over the years, they have come to “speak a common language” to the benefit of all Albertans and Canadians.

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
 
Time: Begins Monday, August 28, at 7:30 AM. Ends Monday, August 28, at 7:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Drop Off Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Cost: $50.00 USD per person
 
Cost includes: Transportation via rental vans, food and supplies
 
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 36
 
Transportation: Rental vans
 
Leaders:
John Issa, Korite International/Canada Fossils Manager (Primary Contact and Co-Leader)

3333 – 8 Street SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2G 3A4
Tel: (403)860-1598
John.issa@korite.com

Dan Spivak, Head, Resource Management Program, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Co-leader)
Box 7500, Drumheller, AB
T0J 0Y0
Dan.Spivak@gov.ab.ca

Don Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Co-leader)
Box 7500, Drumheller, AB
T0J 0Y0
don.henderson@gov.ab.ca

Visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the science of paleontology. With over 160,000 specimens accessioned, the Museum hosts the largest collection of pre-Quaternary fossils in Canada, with a strong emphasis on Late Cretaceous vertebrates from Alberta. Situated in the badlands of Drumheller, the Museum is located approximately 90-minute drive from Calgary. This field trip will bring participants on board charter buses to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where they will have the opportunity to visit the public galleries of this world-renown institution on their own as well as go on a guided tour of the behind-the-scenes of the Museum, where they will have a chance to visit the Preparation Laboratory and Collections. (There is also possibility of participating in educational programs and guided hikes through the badlands offered by the Museum, but those will have to be booked ahead of time on the Museum website by the participants.) A brief stop at the World’s Largest Dinosaur statue in downtown Drumheller will provide participants with an opportunity to take photos of themselves next to this larger-than-life theropod.

Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • Brief stop (~15 minutes) at World’s Largest Dinosaur in downtown Drumheller (photo-op)
  • Self-guided tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum galleries
  • Guided tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum collections and preparation lab

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
 
Time: Begins Tuesday, August 22, at 8:00 AM, ending at 7:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: In front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 8th Avenue (also called Stephen Avenue). 
 
Drop Off Location: In front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 8th Avenue (also called Stephen Avenue). 
 
Cost: $60.00 USD per person (18+); $45 USD for 7-17; $35 USD for 0-6

Cost includes transportation via charter bus (Calgary return), admission fee to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and a Royal Tyrrell Museum guidebook

Minimum Number of Participants: 50
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 150
 
Transportation: Bus

Leader:
François Therrien
Royal Tyrrell Museum, PO Box 7500
Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y0
francois.therrien@gov.ab.ca

Cambrian Vertebrates: The Walcott Quarry and the Burgess Shale
This one-day field excursion proposes a round trip journey where participants will visit the historic Walcott Quarry, located on Mount Field in scenic Yoho National Park, BC. The tour will lead participants up Mount Field, where they will observe spectacular exposures of Paleozoic marine limestones which occur as part of the thrust fault belt of the Canadian Rockies, overlying younger Mesozoic sediments. The highlights of the trip include Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, and visiting the quarry opened by Walcott in 1909, where soft-bodied animals from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale were discovered, including Marrella, Opabinia, Hallucigenia, Anomalocaris, Wiwaxia and the early chordate Pikaia and the recently redescribed vertebrate Metaspriggina.

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
 
Time: Begins Monday, August 21, at 5:00 AM, ending at 8:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Drop Off Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Cost: $160 USD

Cost includes: Transportation via coach, breakfast, snacks, lunch, beverages (not including water), and a field trip guide.

Minimum Number of Participants: 17
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 54

Recommended clothing and items to bring: Although Calgary in August can be very warm, mountain temperatures can be highly variable and can be wet or snowy.
• Warm layers of clothes (no cotton), rain jacket and rain pants, winter gloves, and a winter hat (no cotton)
• Drinking water, at least 2 litres or ½ gallon per person
• Sturdy and worn-in hiking boots and extra wool socks
• Hiking poles
• Sturdy and supportive backpack
• Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
• Toilet paper in a plastic bag, hand sanitizer
• Reading glasses, if you wear them
• Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
• Camera!
The Walcott Quarry is located in a national park and thus no collecting is permitted.

Physical capabilities: The Walcott Quarry is located on Mount Field, and the hike to the site from the trailhead at Takakkaw Falls is 21 km round trip, with an elevation gain of 825 m. This is a very challenging hike, approximately 11 hours, and is not advised for members with recurring knee, back or ankle injuries.

Leaders:
Jessica Theodor
Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta
Tel: (403) 210-9819, jtheodor@ucalgary.ca

Alexander Dutchak
Instructor, University of Calgary, Alberta
Tel: (403) 210-6117, alexander.dutchak@ucalgary.ca

Lorna O’Brien
Preparation Lab Supervisor, Royal Tyrrell Museum
Drumheller, Alberta
Tel: (403) 823-7707, lorna.obrien@gov.ab.ca

Jean-Bernard Caron
Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: (416) 586-5593, jcaron@rom.on.ca

Urban Paleontology: Paleocene Mammal Localities of Calgary and Area
This one-day field excursion proposes a round trip journey where participants will visit fossil mammal localities in the Calgary and Cochrane areas. Highlights of the trip include: 1) localities in Calgary, including Who Nose?, the Edworthia Quarry, Nordic Ski Quarry, and the recently rediscovered Calgary 2E, the locality where the first Paleocene mammal to be identified in Canada was discovered; 2) farther west, following the Bow River corridor to Cochrane, where we may have opportunity to visit Cochrane 2, one of the most taxonomically diverse mammal faunas of the Paleocene; 3) south of Calgary towards the town of Okotoks, where we will visit Sheep’s Ahoy!, an extremely productive mid- to late Puercan mammal locality.

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017
 
Time: Begins Sunday, August 27, at 7:30 AM, ending at 6:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Drop Off Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Cost: $85 USD

Cost includes: Transportation via vans, snacks, lunch, beverages, and field trip guide.

Minimum Number of Participants: 12
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 21

What to wear or bring with you: Hat and sunscreen, moderate hiking footwear.

Physical capabilities: Most of the localities can be accessed easily by a short walk, although a few may require a 10-15 minute hike on uneven terrain.

Leaders:
Craig Scott
Curator of Fossil Mammals, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Tel: (403) 820-6219, craig.scott@gov.ab.ca

Jessica Theodor
Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta
Tel: (403) 210-9819, jtheodor@ucalgary.ca

Alex Dutchak
Instructor, University of Calgary
Tel: (403) 210-6117, alexander.dutchak@ucalgary.ca

Late Cretaceous and Paleocene Mammal Localities From Near Red Deer, Alberta

This one-day field excursion proposes a round trip journey where participants will visit fossil mammal localities in the Red Deer area of south central Alberta. Highlights of the trip include: 1) Aarons’ locality, an earliest Tiffanian (Ti1) locality south of Red Deer; 2) localities east of Red Deer, including Gao Mine, the youngest Paleocene mammal locality so far discovered in Alberta, Joffre Bridge Roadcut, and Joffre Bridge Mammal Site No. 1, the area where the first evidence of Paleocene mammals from Canada was discovered; 3) north of Red Deer we will visit the classic University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology (UALVP) localities on Blindman River (DW1-3, Mel’s Place), collectively documenting some of the most taxonomically diverse mammal faunas from the Late Paleocene of North America; 4) southeast of Red Deer near Trochu, we may have opportunity to visit KUA-1, one of the most important Late Cretaceous mammal localities so far discovered.

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
 
Time: Begins Monday, August 28, at 7:30 AM, ending at 6:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Drop Off Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
 
Cost: $100 USD

Cost includes: Transportation via vans, snacks, lunch, beverages, and field trip guide.

Minimum Number of Participants: 12
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 21

What to wear or bring with you: Hat and sunscreen, moderate hiking footwear.

Physical capabilities: Most of the localities can be accessed easily by a short walk, although a few may require a 10-15 minute hike on uneven terrain.

Leaders
Craig Scott
Curator of Fossil Mammals, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Tel: (403) 820-6219, craig.scott@gov.ab.ca

Jessica Theodor
Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta
Tel: (403) 210-9819, jtheodor@ucalgary.ca

Alex Dutchak
Instructor, University of Calgary, Alberta
Tel: (403) 210-6117, alexander.dutchak@ucalgary.ca

The Late Cretaceous of Southeastern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan-Milk River Formation and Belly River Group of Alberta Through to the Cypress Hills Formation

This three-day field trip is a journey through time, from early Late Cretaceous (Santonian) of southern Alberta, through the Late Cretaceous, past the K-Pg Boundary and into the early Cenozoic of southern Saskatchewan. Mesozoic highlights on this trip include: stops along the Milk River valley to see exposures of the Milk River Formation (Santonian, Cretaceous), and the Belly River Group; the quarries from which the holotypes of Monoclonius lowei and Lambeosaurus magnacristatus (Campanian, Cretaceous) were removed from the Dinosaur Park Formation; and the site where ‘Scotty’, Canada’s largest T. rex, was excavated. Cenozoic highlights include a visit to a late Eocene brontothere bonebed and a chance to help collect fossils at a microvertebrate site from the Eocene-Oligocene transition. We will also explore one of the finest exposures of Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) Boundary in Canada, from which the world’s oldest Cenozoic mammal was described. In addition to field stops, the trip will include visits to the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur and Heritage Museum in Warner, Alberta and the T. rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, Saskatchewan.

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017 -- Tuesday, August 29, 2017
 
Time: Begins Sunday, August 27, at 6:45 AM, ending Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 PM.
 
Pick Up Location: TELUS Convention Centre
 
Drop Off Location: TELUS Convention Centre
 
Cost: $445 USD; single supplement $107 USD

Cost includes: Transportation via minibuses, double occupancy hotel rooms (including breakfast on August 28), snacks, lunches, bottled water, all admission fees and a field trip guide.

Minimum Number of Participants: 12
 
Maximum Number of Participants: 24

What to wear or bring with you: The sun and heat on the southern prairies in summer can be intense – all participants should bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and light-coloured clothing covering your arms and legs. Weather can change suddenly and dramatically; all participants should bring rain gear. A water bottle is useful; we recommend drinking 2-3 litres of water a day while in the field. Closed-toed hiking shoes are essential. The terrain is hilly and somewhat rocky, and there are cacti and spiky plants. A camera is recommended.

Physical capabilities: Must be able to walk on hilly trails for about one mile (1.5 km) at a time and endure prolonged exposure to sun and wind.

Leaders
Mona and Vaclav Marsovsky (Main contacts)
Alberta Palaeontological Society
7 Edgeridge Court NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3A 4N9
monahome@telus.net, Tel: 1-403-547-0182

Dr. Emily Bamforth
Curatorial Assistant, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Field Research Station at the T. rex Discovery Centre, #1 T rex Drive,
PO Box 460, Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada S0N 0T0
emily.bamforth@gov.sk.ca, Tel: 1-306-295-4703

Dr. David C. Evans
Temerty Chair & Curator in Vertebrate Palaeontology, Department of Natural History (Palaeobiology), Royal Ontario Museum,
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C6
d.evans@utoronto.ca, Tel: 1-416-586-5753

Dr. Michael J. Ryan
Curator and Head of Vertebrate Paleontology and Coordinator of Research
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 44106
mryan@cmnh.org, Tel: 1-216-231-4600 x3246

Tim Tokaryk
Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Field Research Station at the T. rex Discovery Centre, #1 T rex Drive,
PO Box 460, Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada S0N 0T0
Tim.tokaryk@gov.sk.ca, Tel: 1-306-295-4701