Now that I’m settled in Seattle, I’m jonesing for some collecting opportunities. If anyone is planning collecting trips — I know this isn’t the best season, but perhaps in Spring? — I hope you’ll keep me in mind. I’d be very happy to meet new fossil fans and, of course, share expenses, etc.
I’m thinking the Northwest Paleontological Association might be the closest club. @paul-kester, meet Wendell Ricketts, a fossil hound and the publisher of the revived Fossil News magazine; he previously lived in Florida and now lives in Seattle!
Another relatively close club is NARG. @acurrier, meet Wendell!
@egardner is correct, NPA is the closest to you. Very close in fact! Here is their website http://nwpaleo.org/. @paul-kester is a member there. They have a lot of nice people and work closely with the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Many of their members also belong to Friends of Stonerose up in Republic, WA (http://stonerosefossil.org/) and the North America Research Group (www.nargpaleo.org) in Hillsboro, OR. If you want to collect in WA, I would highly recommend joining NPA since it has become harder for amateurs to collect and they do partner digs with the Burke. @paul-kester is a great resource for collecting laws and regulations in WA.
Hello @bronwyn-mayo. I’m in Seattle, so not exactly next door, but have also been hoping to find collecting buddies (relatively) nearby. You can reach me at [email protected]. Look forward to hearing from you — and maybe getting out in the field together!