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Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW, Platt St. Albion, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

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

Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Rd., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie's Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

Erie County Chapter of Bassmasters, Nowak's Bar, 1458 Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 987-1220.

Allied Sportsmen of Western New York, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-6315.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Cummings Room, Buffalo Museum of Science, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Marcie Jacklin will discuss "The October Bird Count" and David Gordon will discuss "The Christmas Bird Count."

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Capt. Pete Alex of Vision Quest Charters will discuss "King Salmon Tips and Tactics for the Part-Time Fisherman." Call 636-0519 or go to

Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace Sts., 7:30 Friday. Glen LaPlaca will discuss "Sharks Past and Present." Call 656-8475.



Extreme Cross-Country Archery Challenge, Glen-Coe Conservation Society, 9869 Foote Rd., Glenwood, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and April 15, 30 3-D targets. First of two legs; second leg at Collins Conservation Club, June 2 and 3. Call Eric Lawton (560-6037).

Hawkeye Bowmen Wild animal Shoot, 13300 Clinton St. (Route 354) Marilla, April 15, kitchen open for breakfast at 6 a.m., registrations, 7 a.m.-noon. Call Phil Fleck (998-4857).

Niagara Region 2012 Winter 3-D League, Allied Sportsmen, Marilla, sunrise to 1 p.m., April 15. Call Mike Kurtowicz, 472-4143.


>Shooting sports

Sheridan Transit Rod and Gun Club ATA Registered Trap Shoot Sunday, 551 Ransom Road, Grand Island. Sign-ups start at 8 a.m., shooting begins at 9 a.m., April 15. Program consists of 50 pair doubles, 100 singles, and 100 handicap targets. For details, call 773-2622.


>Certification classes


Middleport, Rod & Gun Club, Freeman and Mountain Rds., 6-10 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 735-3343 or 735-7314.

Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Route 310, Stockton, 6-10 p.m. April 13 and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 14. Register in person at Cassadaga Shurfine store until Thursday. For details, call 595-3917 after 1 p.m.

Bison Archery, 2459 Seneca St., 6-10:30 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call 254-7527.

Attica Rod & Gun Club, Route 98, Varysburg, 5-9 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 535-7053.

Boston Valley Conservation Society, Zimmerman Rd., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-done, April 15. Register at first class.

Eden-North Collins Rod & Gun Club, 2404 Sand Rock Rd., Eden, 6-10 p.m., April 16, 18 and 18. Call 992-4866.

Scio Rod & Gun Club, 3978 Vandermark Rd., 6-9 p.m., April 16, 18 and 19 and 8:30-10 a.m., April 21. Call (585) 268-7322 or (585) 593-1582, evenings to 9 p.m.

Getzville Fire Hall, Dodge Rd., 6-10 p.m., April 17, 19 and 24. To pre-register, email:

S&S Taxidermy, 455 South Cascade Dr. (Route 219) Springville, 5-10 p.m., April 17 and 9 a.m.-done, April 18.

Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Rd., 6-9 p.m., April 18 and 8 a.m.-done, April 21. Call 835-6822.

Town of Hamburg Recreation Dept. 2982 Lakeview Rd., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 21. Must pre-register by Monday. Call 646-5145, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



Getzville Fire Co., 630 Dodge Rd., Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Saturday and 6 p.m.-done, April 16. To pre-register, email:



Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties,": VFW Post No. 1419, 2985 Lakeview Rd., Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m., Thursday; and Quality Inn, 5440 Camp Rd., Hamburg, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

Jim Carr Classes: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," Freeman's Sport Shop, 5:30 p.m., April 17; and "Utah/Florida Pistol Permit Class," Genesee County SCOPE at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Rd., Batavia, 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 778-9431.

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, Classes: "Eight-Hour In-Service Class," 9 a.m., Monday; and "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club NYS Pistol Course, 5657 Killian Rd., Pendleton, 9 a.m.-noon, April 21. Call David Benzee, 912-2540.



NYS Safe Boating PWC Class, Niagara Scuba Center, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 15. Call 316-8259.

Maryvale Community Education "Personal Water Craft Boating Safety Class," 1050 Maryvale Dr., Cheektowaga, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 21. Call 635-4666.



Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, American Legion Post No. 154, Elmira Heights, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 15. Call 542-9929.

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Route 353, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 15. For exhibitor and sales details, call Jim Miller (938-6928).

Hartland Volunteer Fire Company Gun Show, 8945 Ridge Rd., Gasport, Saturday and April 15. Call 735-7045.

Orvis Buffalo Seminar, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, "Best Nymphing Practices for Trout," 11 a.m., Saturday. Call 276-7200.



Niagara River Anglers Association 7th Annual John Long Sr. Raffle and Feast, St. Vincent De Paul Hall, 2748 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, 2-4 p.m., April 15. Call 628-1460.

Niagara County Gobblers Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation 17th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, Ransomville Fire Hall, 3:30 p.m., April 15. Call Pam or Herb Lederhouse (791-3151).



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Spring Break Nature Week at Beaver Meadow Center," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; "Birding at Joseph Davis State Park," 8:30 a.m., Saturday; "Junior Audubon Club -- For Middle and High School Students," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; and "Iroquois Observation Program-Birding Field Trip," 1-4 p.m. "Eagle Watch" and 7:30 p.m. "Owl Prowl," Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Little Tykes Mini-Nature Camp: Spring Songs (for ages 3-5)" Monday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Signs of Spring Hike," 1-2:30 p.m., Thursday; "Friday the 13th Night Walk," 7:30-9 p.m., Friday; and "Learn to Bird -- A Friends of Tifft Event," 2-4 p.m., April 15. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: Accepting registration for "New Kids in the Woods," a week-long summer day camp at Reinstein for ages 8-11 (Call 683-5959 ext. 205); "Trail Tuesdays," 6:30-7:30 p.m., each Tuesday through September; "CSI: Critter Sign Investigation (for ages 6-10)," 10 a.m., Tuesday; "Flying WILD Workshop (for grades 6-8 educators)," 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday; "Frogs in Harmony," 7:30 p.m., Wednesday; "Water Olympics (for ages 8-12)," 10:30 a.m., Friday; "Worm Composting," 11 a.m., Saturday; and "Waking Up Or Senses," 2 p.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Friday the 13th Adventure," DeVeaux State Park, 8-10 p.m., Friday. For details and registration, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Como Park Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 681-7192; "Clarence Hike," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 735-7302; and "Hunter's Creek Park," 10:30 a.m., April 15, call 652-6190 or (585) 457-9892.

Hamburg Natural History Events: The Penn Dixie Site will be open for fossil collecting during Spring Break, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Crepuscular Walk -- Timberdoodle Twilight," 7 p.m., Thursday; "Springtime Walk -- Mary Jemison Trail," 1 p.m., Saturday; and "Springtime Walk-Birch Trail," 1 p.m., April 15. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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