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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Cornell Cooperative 4-H Bldg, Lockport, 7 p.m. Monday. Call 434-7176.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Oatka Fish and Game Club, Wilcox Road, Le Roy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, East Aurora Fish and Game, 1018 Luther Road, East Aurora, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 440-6995.

WNY Emerald Ash Borer Task Force Meeting, Ecology and Environment, Walden Avenue and Ransom Road, Lancaster, 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Call 684-8060.

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>Archery

Active bowhunters of Western New York IBO World Championships, Three Valley Campground, Route 16 (two miles south of Holland), 30 McKinzie targets, shoot either Saturday or April 29. Call John Peters at (585) 496-5819 or Paul Salzyn at 837-5945.

Double J Archery, 6726 Plato Road, East Otto, has reopened for the 2012 season with a 30-target range; walk-ons welcome. Call 867-0802 or 699-6510 or go to doublejarchery.com.

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>Shooting sports

Second Annual Pheasants Forever Youth Fun Shoot, Batavia Rod & Gun Club, East Bethany, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. For registration and format details, check with Tom Miller (585) 356-0852, Tim Snyder (518) 257-2857 or Tom Kelsey (585) 998-6120.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Spring Trap League, 12 County Line Road, shooting Fridays to May 15. All shooters welcome. Call 937-6612.

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Wood and Brook Sportsman Club, Route 33, Alden, 7-10 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-done Saturday. Register at first class.

Perrysburg Fire Hall, Route 3 and Peck Hill Road, 6-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call 337-2479.

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*Archery

His Way Archers, 31 Water St., Jamestown, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m.-done Thursday. Register at first class.

Windfall Archery, 1739 Windfall Road, Olean, Home Study Course, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. To preregister and obtain study materials, call 790-9948, 4-8 p.m.

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*Pistol

Jim Carr Classes: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," LaRock's Outdoors, Newfane, 5:30 p.m. Monday, call 778-9431; and "Utah/Florida Pistol Permit Class," LaSalle Sportsman's Club, Niagara Falls, 8 a.m. Saturday, call 940-5073.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties,": Northtown Center, Amherst, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Allstar Tactical, Rochester, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 29. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Classes: "Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Class," 9 a.m. Thursday; and "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

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*Boating

Niagara Scuba Center, Niagara Falls, "NYS Safe Boating PWC Class," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29. To register, call Mike McCormick (316-8259).

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla "33 ABS Boating Class Course," Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email: dmassing155@verizon.net.

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>Shows/Seminars

Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Lunchtime Friday Series: "Getting the Gold out of Lake Erie," by charter captain Tom Marks, noon-1 p.m. Friday.

Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Falleti Ice Arena (NYS Thruway Exit 48), 22 Evans St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29, featuring collector, antique and investment firearms, shooting accessories, books and more. For details, call 434-6535.

Orvis Buffalo Spring Orvis Days Seminars, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence: "Riffle Pattern for the 'Genny' " by Brian Wood, 11 a.m. Saturday; and "Tackling Oatka and Spring Creek Trout," by Adam Schroeder, 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 276-7200.

Bison City Rod & Gun Club Annual Hunting and Fishing Flea Market, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call Dick Hurd (725-8805).

University of Pittsburgh (Bradford Campus) Fly Fishing Schools, May 5-6 and May 18-19. For details, call Steve Skvarka at (814) 368-5814 or email: skvarka@penn.com.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Market Place and Grange buildings, Hamburg, May 5-6. Call 542-9929 or go to nfcshows.com.

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>Banquets

WNY Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 22nd Annual Banquet, West Valley Fire Hall, Saturday. For reservations, call 699-2525.

Somerset Conservation Club Spring Chicken BBQ, Johnson Creek Road, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29. Call 795-3782.

Buffalo Geological Society Banquet, Holiday Inn, Amherst, May 4. Call 655-1602.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Spring Birds at Sinking Ponds," 9 a.m. Saturday; and "Iroquois Observation Program -- Spring into Nature, a Family Festival," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. All programs are by preregistration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, Ext. 10, or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon Thursday; "Flying Wild Professional Development Workshop (for educators of grades 6-8)," 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; "Volunteer Tour Guide Training," 1-4 p.m. Saturday; and "Tifft Trek," 2-3:30 p.m. April 29. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m. Thursday; and "Trees Along the Trail -- An Arbor Day Celebration," 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Night Buckhorn Swamp People," Buckhorn Island State Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday. For details, call 549-1050.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Spring Shoreline Cleanup, April 20. Volunteers are being sought to register by Wednesday for cleanup efforts at 35 parks and green spaces around Western New York. For a listing of sites and to register online, go to bnriverkeeper.org. For details, call Elizabeth Lamont at 852-7483, Ext. 19.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all club and outings info, visit adk-nfc.org.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Akron Falls State Park Saunter," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 439-0062; and "Hunters Creek Park," 10:30 a.m. April 29, call 254-4285.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Events: "Map and Compass Course," Chestnut Ridge Park, Newton Road entrance, 10 a.m. Saturday, call 903-1180; and "Four-Course Orienteering Event -- Beginner to Advanced," register 10:30-11:45 a.m.; start times, 11 a.m.-noon. Call 868-3583 or go to buffalo-orienteering.org.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Event: "American Red Cross CPR Course," 1000 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday; and "Ninth Tuesday Evening Stress Reducer Paddles" starts May 1. For details, call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Penn Dixie Members Only Trip to Cincinnati to Collect Fossils," Friday-April 29. For membership and registration details, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Morning Bird Walk -- Bluebird Trail," 6 a.m. Thursday; "Wildflower Walk -- Featuring Fiddleheads," 1 p.m. Thursday; "Crepuscular Walk -- Frog Serenade," 7 p.m. Thursday; "Arbor Day -- Glen Iris Area Tree Planting," 10:30 a.m. Friday; "Tree Walk," 11 a.m. Friday; "Springtime Walk -- Lee's Landing Trail," 1 p.m. Saturday; and "Mushroom and Moss Walk," 10 a.m. April 29. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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