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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Tom Owczarczak will discuss his fishing and hunting exploits with son in Alaska. Call 875-8148.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St., Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 225-3816.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Assemblyman Sean Ryan will discuss "Pending Legislation to Legalize the Crossbow in all Hunting Seasons." Call 652-9460.

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>Archery

NYS 2012 3-D Archery Challenge Second Leg, Seneca Lake Duck Hunters, 2188 Route 14, Penn Yan, May 12-13. Call Dave Moravec at (315) 374-2016.

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>Shooting sports

Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club pistol league and match shoots begin in May. A Summer 2012 900 League begins Wednesday, shooting at 7 p.m.; a Summer Twilight League begins Friday, with sign-ups at 6 p.m.; and the WNY Outdoor Pistol League begins May 13 with a match at Niagara County. For all match and league details, call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

Boston Valley Conservation Society Ray Kay Memorial Shoot, Zimmerman Rd., 9 a.m., May 5. Call Dave Bortel (648-2871 or 239-0139) or John Mentlewski (341-4528).

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Holland Rod & Gun Club, Route 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 12 and 19. Call 692-7660.

Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Rd., Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., May 14, 16 and 18. Call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.

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*Archery

Clymer Conservation Club, Route 474, 8. a.m.-4 p.m., May 17. Register in person at the club on May 10, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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*Pistol

Jim Carr Class: "Utah/Florida Pistol Permit Class," Orleans County SCOPE, Lyndonville, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 778-9431.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties,": Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, American Legion Cadille Post, Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, and Quality Inn, 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 info@ftwny.com.

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, Class: "Eight-Hour Recertification Class," 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

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*Boating

Smith Boys Seminars, 280 Michigan St., Tonawanda Island, "How to Use a Chart," 9-11 a.m., Saturday; and "Marine Radar," 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call Tom Shuell (283-0457).

Niagara Scuba Center, Niagara Falls, "NYS Safe Boating PWC Class," 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 6. 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., Saturday. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email: dmassing155@verizon.net.

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>Shows/Seminars

Buffalo Public Library Free Lunchtime Friday Series, 11 Lafayette Square, noon-1 p.m., Friday, Katy Brown with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will discuss "More Than A Fish Fry: Eating Fish From Our Local Waterways."

Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, 8 a.m., Saturday and 10 a.m., May 6. Call 276-7200.

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, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 6. Erie County Pistol Permit officials will attend. Call 542-9929.

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>Banquets

Buffalo Audubon Society Annual Dinner, Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Rd., Williamsville, 5 p.m., Wednesday. Call (585) 457-3228.

Buffalo Geological Society Banquet, Holiday Inn, Champlain Room, Amherst, 6:30 p.m., Friday. Call 655-1602.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Iroquois Observation Saturday Program-8-10 a.m., Warbler walk; 6-8 p.m., Secretive Birds of the Marsh walk"; "Iroquois Canoe Trek-Knowlesville Rd.," 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday; and "Observatory at Beaver Meadow," dusk, Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration 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; "International Migratory Bird Day Celebration (for families)," 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; "Cinco de Mayo Full Moon Stroll," 8-9:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Tifft Trek," 2-3:30 p.m., May 6. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Trail Tuesdays" event goes 6:30-7:30 each week through September; "Earth Day in May: Trail Clean-up and Tree Planting," 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday; "The Reinstein Experience," 1:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Animal Superpowers," 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: "Woodland Wildflower Walk," Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday. For details and registration, call 282-5154.

Buffalo Ornithological Society event: "Tifft Nature Preserve Field Trip for Early Warblers and Migrants," 7:30 a.m., May 6. Call Joe Mitchell (604-7701).

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 complete listing of sites and to register on line, go to bnriverkeeper.org. For specific details, call Elizabeth Lamont (852-7483 ext. 19).

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Amherst Bike Path Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 835-9728; "Delaware Park Mini-Hike," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 823-8156; "Conservation Trail Maintenance Day," Saturday, for time and place, call 735-7302; and "Akron Falls State Park," 1:30 p.m., May 6, call 439-0062.

Hamburg Natural History Events: The Penn Dixie Site will be open weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. Call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: "Evening Stress Reducer Paddles," Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning this week from P, P&P Store at 100 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda. Call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Morning Bird Walk-Trestle Woods," 8 a.m., Thursday; "Wildflower Walk-Arbutus Woods," 1 p.m., Thursday; "Crepuscular Walk-Full Moon Over the River," 7:30 p.m., Thursday; "I Love My Park Day," 8 a.m., Saturday; and "Friends of Letchworth Trail Workday," 10 a.m., May 6. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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