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CALENDAR /EVENTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOOR

Meetings

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Bldg., Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m., Mon. Call 542-3922.

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tues. Nick Pionessa, from the Oak Orchard Fly Shop, will discuss fly patterns. Call 648-9732.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Cummings Room, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., 7:30 p.m., Wed. Paul Summerskill will discuss "Predicting Hawk Migrations."

WNY Bassmasters, Gander Mountain, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Wed. Call 743-2300.

Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain, 7 p.m., Thurs. Call 743-2300.

Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, 2505 Lower Mountain Rd., Ransomville, 2 p.m., next Sun. Call 731-4535.

Archery

Tenth Annual Youth Archery Camp, Hawkeye Bowmen, Aug. 6-8. Free and open to boys and girls ages 12-15 residing in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, or Wyoming Counties. Applications must be in by May 20. For registration details, call Michael Kaempf (633-5324).

Shooting sports

WNY Practical Pistol League April Match, Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 9 a.m. today. For information, call 675-4301 or go to: www.wnyppl@yahoo.com.

WNY Outdoor Pistol League Shoot, Niagara County, 8 a.m., today. For league details, call 695-1725.

Westfield Fish and Game Club Spring Steak Shoot, Ogden Rd., east of Westfield, today, noon until dark. Call 326-2289.

Allied Sportsmen's Club Spring Trap League begins Wednesday. For individual and team entry details, call 668-1367.

Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 5657 Killian Rd., North Tonawanda, Summer Outdoor 900 begins at 6 p.m. on Wed. and the Twilight League starts at 6 p.m. on Fri. Call 695-1725.

5th Annual Ray Kay Memorial Shoot, Boston Valley Conservation Club, signups until 10 a.m., May 8. Call 941-5035.

WNY Outdoor Pistol Leagues begin their summer schedule at 8 a.m. next Sunday at the Niagara County range. For details, call 695-1725.

Fishing

Gander Mountain in the Town of Tonawanda fishing seminar: Guide Ron Wickings' "Fly Tying Q&A Workshop," 6:30 p.m. To register, call 743-2300.

Certification classes

Hunting

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ave., Lockport, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Mon., Tues. and Wed. Register at first class.

Bison City Rod & Gun Club. 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sat. and 8 a.m. until completion next Sun. Register at first class.

Lockport Conservation Club, May 17, 18 and 20. Call 778-9935.

Archery

Tonawanda VFW Post No. 7545, 110 Elgin St., City of Tonawanda, 6-10:30 p.m., May 11 and 13. Register at first class.

Wood & Brook Sportsmen's Club, Alden, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., May 15. Call 228-5917 after 5 p.m.

Pistol

S&S Taxidermy Pistol Permit Class, Springville, 6:30 p.m., Wed. Call 592-2404.

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Certification Class, Dick's, Galleria Mall, 6 p.m., Thurs. Call 651-0600.

Buffalo Gun Center Pistol Permit Classes, 6-10 p.m., Mondays or Wednesdays or 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays. Call 833-2581.

American Sportsmen Center Pistol Certification Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or noon-4 p.m., Saturdays. Call 743-8575.

A Best Pistol Permit Course, 3976 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Classes available Wednesday or Saturday. Call 681-2248.

Boating

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses: Williamsville North High School, 4-week Thursday class, call 773-3078; and St. Patrick's (Cheektowaga), 3-week Thursday GPS class, call 681-5436.

NYS Safe Boat Course, Silver Creek Elementary School, 9 a.m., Sat. Call 432-5785 or go to: www.boatingsafe.com.

Shows

Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, Springville Volunteer Fire Dept., 405 Main St., May 15 and 16. Call (800) 225-7338 or 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Dinners/banquets

Friends and Neighbors Rod & Gun Club Friends of the NRA Banquet, Four Points Sheridan, Cheektowaga, 6 p.m., May 21. Call 685-2393 or 998-0707 or go to: www.friendandneighbor.com.

Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks: "Coyotes, Beavers and the Mammals of Beaver Meadow," 3-4 p.m., today; "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wed.; "Babes in the Woods," 10-11:30 a.m., Thurs.; and "Special Sunday Family Lunch and Talk - An African Safari," 3 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org. Iroquois Observations Saturday Programs: "Birding by Car," 10 a.m. - noon; "Scope Watch," noon - 6 p.m.; "Kanyoo Trail Warbler Walk," 7:30-9:30 a.m.; "Onondaga Trail Wildflower Walk," 10 a.m. - noon; "Focus on sparrows of WNY," 1-3 p.m.;"Woodcock Walk," 7:45-9 p.m. For all IO events, go to: www.wildeyes.com/iroquois/schedule.htm.

Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.: "Discovery Field Kit Tours" Thursday-Saturday; "Thursday Wellness Walk," 10 a.m. - noon. For registered programs, call 896-5200, ext. 338. For all other TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours (no reservations needed), 10 a.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays. "Terrific Trees," 6:30 p.m., Fri. For all program information, call 851-7201 or 683-5959.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Work Party - Holland Willows," 9 a.m., Tues., Wed., and Thurs., call 675-9642; "Bruce Trail," 8 a.m., Sat., call 639-5950; and "Bear Rd. to Getman Rd.," 9:30 a.m., Next Sunday, call 433-4546.

Niagara Frontier Region of Parks Programs: "Lake Ontario Shipwrecks and Lighthouse Tour," Golden Hill State Park, 2-4 p.m., Sat., call 745-7848.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Hunter's Creek Wildflower Identification Hike," Sat. and "Amherst State Park Hike," next Sun. Call 564-2106 or 532-5259.

Hamburg Natural History Society Programs: "Saturday Public Days (9 a.m. - noon) at the Penn Dixie Site" begin Saturday." Call 627-4560.

Bond Lake Park Annual Spring Bird Walk, 2551 Lower Mountain Rd., Lewiston, 8 a.m. Sat.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Wildflower Walk - Featuring Fiddleheads," 10 a.m., Wed.; "Arbor Day," 10:30 a.m., Fri.; "Tree Walk," 11 a.m., Fri.; "Brooks and Brambles," 10 a.m., Sat.; "Bird Walk - Trestle Woods," 8 a.m., next Sunday; and "Wildflower Walk - Upper and Middle Falls Area," 1 p.m., next Sun. Call (585) 493-3625.

Niagara Bruce Trail Hikes: "Firemen's Park," 10 a.m., Wed., call (905) 354-4618; and "Brock Hike," 7:30 p.m., Wed., call (905) 688-3139.

Lake Ontario Bird Festival, Little Salmon River, Mexico, N.Y., Sat. and next Sun. Call (315) 963-7096 or (315) 963-7657.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Rd., Lancaster, 14086, or fax to 685-0420, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.