Last updated: December 11, 2006
Little excavation has yet been done at the lIvingston (Kirby Hill) site on MD 210 to date. However, a lot of clearing has happened. Perhaps this will lead to some significant fossil exposures in December, 2006.
The proposed dates for Family Dinosaur Camp 2007 are: April 2-6; April 19-13; June 11-15; June 18-22; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 20-August 3; August 13-17; August 20-24; August 27-31.
Of course these dates will only run if there are sufficient registrations. AS always, additional dates are possible, particularly during March, if requested. Dinosaur Camp sesions are one week long and an adult must accompany children.
Last updated: November 6, 2006
The site at Indian Head Hwy. and Kirby Hill has been laid bare. Fossils are likely in November and certainly December.
Two Rivers Charter School of Washington, D.C. went on a fossil collecting trip on October24, 2006. and will do a dinosaur dig on November 8, 2006 at the school.
Last updated: October 9, 2006
Paul Olsen visited the Rocky Ridge site. He believes it to date to Lower Gettysburg. Many new finds have been reported including shrimp, clams, fish (Semionotus and others), reptile bones, and plants.
Final design and working for "Capitalsaurus Call Box" were submitted this month. We are still hopeful it will be up by year's end.
A large dinosaur bone was found in Northern Prince George's County in September, 2006. It is currently being cleaned at the Smithsonian. It is likely a radius from a Sauropod, probably Astrodon. Based on its lenth 65cm, the animal was about 12 meters long and 8 meters tall.
Last updated: September 12, 2006
There will be a meeting of the landowner and MNCPPC staff at the Muirkirk site to discuss the land transfer.
Dinosaur Day planned for this Fall will include the excavation of the turtle fossil which was scheduled last year but did not happen.
Rick Fulton reports that shrimp and fish fossils have been found at the Rocky Ridge site, including a 4 inch SEMIONOTUS.
Final design for the CAPITALSAURUS Call Box sign is being set this month.
Land is being cleared at Kirby Hill Road and Indian Head Hwy. This is the site where the MOSASAUR was found in 1989.
The Dinosaur Fund will be helping the Two Rivers School of Washington, DC with a 10-week dinosaur unit.
Last updated: August 9, 2006
Dinosaur Camp's last two dates for 2006 are the weeks of August 14th and 21st.
The WASHINGTON POST Sunday Source will run an article of the dinosaurs of D.C. featuring Dinosaur Fund activities.
The VALLEY TIMES of Baltimore will run an article on local dinosaurs in the August 2006 issue.Two Montessori schools, The Boyd School of Virginia and the Montessori School of Alexandria, as well as the El Iman School of Arlington have been doing programs with the Dinosaur Fund.
Last updated: July 5, 2006
Recently a backlog of fossil bones and teeth collected by Dr. Kranz and his students was donated to the Smithsonian.
Annexation of land in Emmitsburg has not gone through but attempts are still in progress.
NCRC has held a meeting on June 28, 2006 to let people know plans for the McMillan site. As yet all they have said is that they plan to protect the historical aspects of the site.
Dinosaur Camps for the weeks of July 10 and August 14 are definitely a go. Other weeks are still possible. If you wish to come to camp, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-3326.
The Chesapeake Children's Museum in Annapolis, Maryland will hold public programs with Dr. Kranz on July 9, 2006 at 1PM and 2:30PM. Small fee. Contact www.theccm.org for directions and details.
Jane Sellman is writing a story for Valley Times of Baltimore for August, 2006. The story will tell about dinosaurs in Maryland.
Tom Lipka has issued a new journal article describing a new turtle taxon from the Potomac Group. Article appears in the Journal of SVP.
Last updated: June 12, 2006
Dinosaur Park Prince George's County - Work on the surrounding area has resumed. Negotiations continue with MNCPPC. The expectation remains that the final transfer will take place before year's end.
Dinosaur Camp dates remain the same. The week's of 6/19; 6/26; 7/10; 8/14 and 8/21
Lake Arbor ES completed their fossil dig program on May 10, 2006. Teacher, Students and Parents enjoyed themselves even though nothing of scientific importance was found.
The note on the Travel Channel activity was inadvertently dropped from the last newsletter. It stated that a film crew of about 8 persons filmed about 20 volunteers digging for dinosaurs on Saturday April 29, 2006. We will be informed about the air date. Tentatively in January, 2007.
D.C. is set to name the Cherry our official fruit. This is a good time to remind people about our official dinosaur - "Capitalsaurus".
Spring Break Camp was a challenge with all campers 5 and under, but it came off well and all had a good time.
Summer Camp Dates: Weeks of June 19, June 26, July 10, August 14, and August 21.
Lake Arbor Elementary School in Mitchelville, Maryland will have a dinosaur dig for 200 students on May 10, 2006.
Last updated: April 13, 2006
The land transfer is currently still awaiting approval in the Prince George's County Council.
Dr. Kranz and a group of volunteers went to Rocky Ridge and spent the day of March 18, 2006 helping to clear rock at the reptile track site. Rick Fulton believes that there are several more track beds and lots more fish fossils to be found. STAY TUNED?
At long last, the sand filtration site has been transferred to the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC). This is the next step in the development of the site. Whether this translates into a dinosaur park or feature is yet to be determined.
Dinosaur Camp dates for Spring Break have been reduced to the week of April 10th. Summer Camp dates remain the same.
The Call Box design is being reworked at present. With luck it will be completed and in place before year's end.
Watkins Elementary School is continuing with follow-up on their earth materials program.
Dr. Kranz gave a dinosaur talk at the Beltsville Library on March 13, 2006.
Last updated: March 6, 2006
Oliver Goldsmith, a paleobotany student, has identified three taxa from the Rocky Ridge site - a cycadophyte, Nilsonnia sp. and a ginko. More and better specimens are expected.
On March 11, 2006 final approval is expected for the "Call Box" design. The "Call Box" is at New Jersey and E St SE.
Spring Break Dinosaur Camp dates are still the weeks of April 10 and 17, 2006.
Final Site plans have been approved for Jackson Shaw Inc. by the County and agreed by MNCPPC. This means the transfer of the land for the park can proceed.
On February 24, 2006 Arlington County held a campfest at T.J.Community Center. The Dinosaur Fund was there and was greeted by old friends and new.
On Sunday March 5, 2006 Dr. Kranz will be interviewed on Michael Buckley's radio program on WRNR 103.1FM between 7AM - 10AM. Check www.WRNR.com for the exact schedule.
Last updated: Febuary 6, 2006
The Jackson Shaw Company, current owners of the Muirkirk fossil site, will not only turnover the land to MNCPPC; but have offered to landscape parts of the site. Included in the proposal is a dinosaur garden entry and amphitheater and a time line wall.
Dinosaur Camp for Spring Break will be the weeks of April 10 and 17. Some schools have asked for the last week of March as well. If you would like the March date please contact the Dinosaur Fund at email@example.com or (202)547-3326
Last updated: January 3, 2006
Once again the people at Jackson SHaw are expressing hopes that a final agreement with Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission will take place in January, 2006.
Spring Break Dinosaur Camp will be held the weeks preceeding and following Easter Sunday - April 10 and April 17. Contact Dinosaur Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-3326 to register.
Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring completed its Dinosaur Dig in December, 2005. Unfortunately, no spectacular finds were made. Schools in Potomac and DC are planning Dinosaur Digs in the Spring, 2006.