Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the museum’s new blog. Yesterday the Burpee crew and the Western IL University crew were rained out of the field, so we all spent some tourist time in Moab, Utah. Moab is a beautiful place with lots of curio shops and art galleries, not to mention amazing geology. We all drove through Arches National Park and enjoyed the formations carved out of Entrada and Navajo sandstone, then headed back to Hanksville with renewed energy. Unfortunately, we were rained out of the field again today, meaning another lost day of excavation. However, that means we all spent some time exploring the town of Hanksville and catching up on work that needs to be done indoors so it wasn’t a total loss. The scenery here is amazing, rain OR shine, and Utah smells uniquely lovely after a rain shower. All in all, Utah is an amazing place and well worth the visit- especially if there are dinosaurs involved! On another front, the lab is still up and running with volunteers and we are anxious to bring back even more material for everyone to work on. This site has lots to offer, and the crews are ready and waiting- whenever the rain stops!
Hi everybody! This is Katie. I just wanted to update you on what’s going on in the lab. First of all, Scott and Josh have already left for Utah and are readying our permits and such. Back in the lab at Burpee, however, Mindy and I have been continuing our preparation of specimens. We are working on some pieces of Homer that we collected last year and are trying to get caught up on a backlog of fossils. We both will be leaving on the 18th though; we are catching a ride with a crew from Western Illinois University. So our lab may look a little deserted, but its for a good cause! We will have a few volunteers coming in from time to time to keep things running smoothly down there, so do stop by and see what they’re up to. I will upload some pictures of our work later this week. This summer may be the busiest and most prolific the lab has ever had!