Ed Gregory has been with the Roadshow since our first appearance in 2010, which was at the Great Falls Discovery Center, in Turners Falls, MA. It was a natural fit for Ed: displaying his collection of dinosaur footprints and other local ichnofossils in his hometown. He is always expanding his collection to include not only the local fossils, but educational materials that help visitors understand how the fossils were created and preserved. He has also added various dinosaur-related items. He’s great at talking to people about what they are looking at. We’re fortunate to have him as a stalwart of the Track Pack.
Being born and brought up in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, I spent a great deal of time during my boyhood exploring the nearby Connecticut River and its surroundings. Having the opportunity to explore a great many natural features of the area would be the impetus to learn a good deal about it during those formative years.
We spent most of our summers below the Turners Falls Dam, swimming in the river and nearby canal. Hiking the forests and gathering rock, wood and vegetation specimens to study at home. From time-to-time we discovered dinosaur footprints in the strata below the dam and along the ledges bordering the river. Seemingly mundane to us as youngsters, those footmarks were left as they were found. We always said we’d come back when we got a little older to liberate them from their sedimentary home . . . we never did.
The geology of Turners Falls and Gill in my opinion is―and will continue to be―a field of study for me and a significant destination for those so inclined. Study groups from all sorts of learning endeavors continue to visit this vicinity because of its ease of access and diverse content. The beauty of the landscapes and the great variety of rock formations will continue to be unvarying sources of insight for future generations.
Those footprints we left behind during our formative years . . . well . . . maybe we should have gathered a few. I occasionally return to where I thought I could resurrect the sites, but to no avail. However, during numerous kayak trips along the Connecticut River, I’m able to trace various sites that have yielded some impressive specimens; not only dino-prints but a nice variety of plant and invertebrate fossils.
Ichnology is the area of study that occupies a good deal of my time. Today, and during my rearing in Turners Falls, it’s been an encouragement for me to explore. With the advent of the Jurassic Roadshow in 2010, the public events allow our “Track-Pack” and their explorations to display our fossil and geology collections. We interpret, educate and enlighten visitors to the events that we so actively attend.
We look forward to to seeing you at upcoming presentations.