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Calendar / Events in the outdoors


Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Rd., Chaffee, 7 p.m., Monday, Call (585) 457-3883.

Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Lake Shore Gun Club, Lyndonville, 7 p.m., Monday, Call (585) 765-9122.

Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF), Seaway Trail Center, Wanakah, SCOPE, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Call Ray Marks (549-1977). Ask about reduced membership fees for new FFF members.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, Snyder, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Wayne Gall will discuss "The Bruce Beckons: A Tribute to Sheldon Merritt" with photos taken along the Bruce Peninsula. Call 684-2049.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy., 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Kristina Klees will discuss "Shrubland Birds in the Lake Plain Region of New York State."

Southtowns Walleye Association, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Dave Shaffer will discuss "Ice Fishing Techniques." Call 649-8202.


>Shooting sports

Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization, provides grants to groups involved in shooting programs for youths. Call Steve Miller (703) 743-2308 or visit:


>Certification courses


Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or visit:



Safari Club International Central and WNY Chapter Annual Fundraiser Banquet, Michaels Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, Dec. 14. For details and reservations, call Bob Keicher at 668-1353 (ext. 311).


>Honor roll

Lauren Makeyenko, environmental educator at the NYSDEC Reinstein Woods, will be presented the 2007 Paul MacClennan Environmental Citizen of the Year award during an Erie County Environmental Education Institute/Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education program starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Woodlawn Beach State Park Nature Center in Blasdell.



Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-Williamsville/Rochester) will discuss "Second Amendment Rights" during a talk and Q&A session at 7 p.m., Monday, Henrietta Gander Mountain, 300 Jay Scutti Blvd., Rochester. Call Ken Mathison, (585) 663-8741.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park -- Tracking 101: Learn How to Track the Variety of Animals seen in WNY," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Boy Scout Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop," 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks and Talks," 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or e-mail:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., events: "Tails and Trails-Free Outing," 2 p.m., every Sunday; hiking trails open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays; "Guided Wellness Walks," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursdays. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Save Money, Save the Planet -- Simple Tips to Stop Climate Change (Adults and Teenagers only)," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "In the Rut -- Buck and Doe Behavior Patterns During the Breeding Season," 3:30 p.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for Public Guided Tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and for Self-Guided Trails (Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Environmental Education Center hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Night Eyes! A Nocturnal Vision Hike," Joseph Davis State Park, 7-9 p.m., Friday, call 745-7848; "A Garden Within -- Indoor Garden Techniques," Knox Farm State Park, 7-8 p.m., Friday, call 826-8895; "Felted Jewelry," Knox Farm State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, call 826-8895; and "Gorge at Low Water Hike," Whirlpool State Park, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Margaret Louise Park," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 691-6750; "Either Lewiston or Golden Hills State Park Hike (call for details)," Saturday, call 745-9149; "Hunter's Creek Park," 11 a.m., next Sunday, call 627-7946.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Niagara River Joint Trip with Rochester Birding Association for Gulls and Waterfowl," 9 a.m., next Sunday. For trip details, call Mike Hamilton (881-6709/e-mail: or Bob Spahn (585-671-5690/email:

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail (very fast hike)," 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 860-1958; "Either Lewiston or Golden Hill State Park," Saturday (Call 745-9149 for site selection); and Hoyt Lake, 10:30 a.m., next Sunday, call 631-9121.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Old Growth Forest Visit -- Dehgayasoh Valley Woods (3 hours, 1-2 miles)," 10 a.m. Thursday. Bring a lunch, will car pool. For all fall programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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