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A non-profit organization for those in Western New York who are interested in minerals, fossils, rockhounding, geosciences, and the lapidary arts.


Established in 1938, we are an affiliate of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences and members of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

Stay up-to-date on our events

  • April 24 - Continuing Education meeting 8:35am - Masonic Hall, Sweet Home Rd, Amherst NY
  • May 3 - Annual Banquet and installation of new officers. Banquet reservation form due by April 25
  • May 9 - BGS Board meeting 7:00pm at 100 Lee St
  • June 6-9, 2024 - BGS field trip to Calvert Cliffs. Please make reservations and obtain information from Jerry Bastedo at or call (716) 864-2701.

Total Solar Eclipse in Buffalo, NY on April 8, 2024

"Attached are some photos taken during the Solar Eclipse.  All are from a location at the north end of Grand Island.  

In one of the photos, there is a prominent red dot at the base of the moon. This is a solar prominence usually a rare site during an eclipse.  The prominence appears red because the emitting plasma originates deep in the sun's chromosphere." ~ Paul Leuchner

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc Newsletter is now available -
December 2023
November 2023

New York State: A Topographic Mineralogy is available as a FREE e-book!


Written by Steve Chamberlain and George Robinson

New Publication: 

Heliophyllum - A Study in Survival

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