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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, Peter DiRado of Anglers Choice Taxidermy in Holland will discuss catch-and-release mounting procedures, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 655-1331.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 662-6965.

Iroquois Observations Volunteer Info Meeting, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 772-5110.

Finger Lakes and WNY Waterfowl Association, DEC Region 8 Headquarters, Route 5, East Avon, 10 a.m. next Sunday.

WNY Environmental Conservation Federation, Hoak's Restaurant, 4100 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call 655-0975.

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>Shooting sports

North Forest Rod & Gun Club Sporting Clays League, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, begins Saturday, shooting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 778-8163.

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Spring Skeet League begins Saturday. Call 648-2236; HR&G Toronto Outdoor Show Excursion, 7 a.m. March 18. For reservations, call Rich Walton (649-4046).

Teen Shooting Academy, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, eight-class program for rifle or shotgun, first and third Tuesdays beginning March 7. Call Bob Church (592-7211).

Holland Rod & Gun Club Wobble and Straight Practice Trap Shooting, 6-8 p.m., Mondays; Five-Man Team 300-Bird Wobble League Mondays. Call Bruce Meyers (695-5969).

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, sign-ups 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday until March 26. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

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>Archery

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot: Evans Rod & Gun Club, next Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ons welcome. Call Ray Zylinski Jr. (627-9048).

Niagara Region Winter Outdoor 3-D League: LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call Al Lewis (418-2430).

WNY Field Archers and Bow Hunters Indoor Shoot: Leo's at Allied Sportsmen of WNY, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, shooting lines at 8 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., March 12. Call 937-3615.

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>Banquets/fund-raisers

Southtowns Walleye Association Spring Gun Raffle, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 649-8202.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Awards Banquet, Father Justin's Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, Saturday. Call 655-0975 or go to: www.eriectyfsc.org.

Western and Central New York Chapter of Safari Club International Annual Fundraiser Banquet, Michael's Banquet Center, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, March 11. Call 662-6965.

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Vigilant Fire Hall, West Seneca, 6-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 674-2362.

*Pistol

Bass Pro Shops Handgun Safety Class, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Call (315) 498-6046.

To schedule an appointment for a pistol permit class, call: Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621; Easy Aim, 668-7875; Jim Carr, 778-9431; T.J.&M., 626-4953; Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; A Best, 681-2248; or Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581.

*Boating

Buffalo Power Squadron four-week Safe Boating Class, Daemen College, Dun Scotus Hall, 4380 Main St., Snyder, 7-9 p.m., beginning Thursday. Call 773-9194.

NYS Boaters Safety Course, Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Auburn, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, $30 fee. Call (315) 258-2700.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 03-08 eight-hour America's Boating Course, Gander Mountain, Town of Tonawanda, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. March 11. Call Lawrence Pudlewski (683-4225).

Hamburg Power Squadron Boating Class, Hamburg Middle School, four two-hour classes, 7-9 p.m., beginning March 15. Call 655-1322.

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>Shows/seminars

Buffalo Museum of Science Lecture: Ron Rohrbaugh will discuss Cornell University's ivory-billed woodpecker research, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., Best Street exit from Kensington Expressway. Call 896-5200 or go to: www.buffalomuseumofscience.org.

WNY Sport & Travel Expo, Erie County Fairgrounds, March 9-12. For show features, go to: www.sportandtravelexpo.com.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Shows: Springville Volunteer Fire Dept., March 11-12; and Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, March 18-19. Call 542-9929 or (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

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Honor roll

Southtowns Walleye Association awarded outstanding individuals during its annual banquet on Feb. 18: Public Servant, Dave Green; Elected Official, Ed Michalski; President's Award, Al Goodberry, Joe Hall, Ed Baranowski and John Held; Conservationist, Tom Marks; Lunker Catch, Damian Raynor; Senior Angler, James Colmerauer; James Ridge Award, Sue Guenther; and Harry A. Smith, Gerry Gluzak.

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Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "Visitors' Choice," 3 p.m. today; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday; "Maple Sugaring Saturday," 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday; and "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Open for group nature programs, tours, workshops by reservation only. Call 896-5200, ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours 10 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday; Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols Self-Guided trails, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. "Family Snowshoe Walk," 1 p.m. Saturday. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Birding on the River," 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., March 11, Beaver Island and Buckhorn Island State Parks. To register, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Chestnut Ridge Park," 1 p.m. Saturday, call 648-9027; and "Cazenovia/South Park," 1:30 p.m. next Sunday, call 675-3989.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "EMS Thursday Night Snowshoe," Thursday; "Hike/Snowshoe/X-C Ski -- Buckhorn Island State Park," Saturday; and "ADK Winterfest at Bond Lake," next Sunday. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Outing: Niagara County Owl Trip, Summit Park Mall, 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call 434-9403 or 622-3278.

Heartwood Workshop: "Snowshoe Adventure Hike -- a Fitness Walk," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Portage Canyon Trek," 10 a.m. Wednesday; and "Fiddler's Elbow Trek," 10 a.m. next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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

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