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Outdoors notebook: Duck blind drawings in sight

State parks have set up drawing dates for waterfowl blinds at parks in Erie and Niagara County.

For the first half of the waterfowl hunting season, Beaver Island State Park holds drawings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and drawings at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Beaver Island clubhouse. Drawings start Oct. 25.

During the extended goose season a call-ins only system will be in place from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5, 10 and 12. For details on all draws, call 773-3271 weekdays (8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

For drawings at Fort Niagara, Wilson Tuscarora and Golden Hill State Park, hunters can gather at the Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building at 5:30 p.m. to enter drawings on Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Dec. 4 and 26 and Jan. 2 and 8. For more information about these three parks, call 745-7273.

Selected hunters at both sites must provide a New York State small game license, a federal migratory bird stamp, a Harvest Information Program number, and proof of the completion of a New York State Waterfowl Identification Course.

Earth Science Day

Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie programmers and the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists will present the 16th Annual WNY Earth Science program at the Penn Dixie Site in Hamburg on Saturday.

Visitors can view Earth Dimensions experts conduct drilling operations, see Messenger Woods personnel with live animals, learn about earthquakes from Canisius Seismographic Station researchers, see Upstate Research Rocketry Group people launch rockets, view sunspots through filtered lenses, enjoy face painting and many more activities around the Penn Dixie grounds.

Exhibits and demonstrations are free. A fee is charged for fossil collecting. Pre-registration is not required. For more details, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Forest enchantment

In the spirit of Halloween, but not the scary side, the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center will hold its Enchanted Forest 2013 evening gatherings Friday, Saturday and Oct. 13.

Costumed forest creatures that inhabit the Audubon Center in North Java will escort visitors around the grounds and explain how they fit into the ecology of the center. Evening trips begin at 6, 7 and 8 each night.

Reservations can be made by phone with a credit card only. For reservation information, call (585) 457-3228.

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