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• Niagara River Anglers Association, Jetport Restaurant, 7100 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, 7 p.m., Monday. Call 998-8910.

• Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited, VA Medical Center, 400 Fort Hill Ave., 7:30 p.m., Monday. Matt Sanderson will discuss “The State of Canandaigua Lake Findings.” Call (585) 360-1812 or go to

• 3-f Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809.

• Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Cattaraugus County, Little Valley Legion, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 532-5082.

• Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, NIKE Base Community Center, Grand Island, 7 p.m., Tuesday, go to

• Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 649-8202 or go to

• Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 636-0519.

• Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post No. 8113, “The Chicken Coop,” 299 Lydecker Road, West Seneca, 7 p.m., Thursday, guest speaker: political analyst, Michael Caputo. Call 825-4174 or 685-4387.

• Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, American Legion Post No. 830, Ransomville, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 791-4628 or (585) 733-5968.

• Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, American Legion Post No. 735, 35 Legion Pkwy., West Seneca, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday. Lake Erie Unit Leader Don Einhouse, will discuss “Asian Carp in Lake Erie and Small Stream Biology.” Call 675-4766.


• Hawkeye Bowmen Alaskan Shoot, 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday and March 23. Three courses, breakfasts after 6:30 a.m. and lunches served. Call Phil Fleck at 998-4857.

• WNY 2014 3-D Winter League, Glen Coe Conservation Society, 9869 Foote Road, Glenwood, starting at 7 a.m., call Dave Procknal at 337-0733.

• Niagara Region 2014 3-D Winter League, Double T Archery Club, 110 North French Road, Amherst, register sunrise to 1 p.m., call Linda Dawson at 834-4707.

Shooting sports

• Boston Valley Conservation Society Spring Trap League, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston, begins today, shooting Sundays, 9 a.m.-noon and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. For details, call Ernie Miller at 649-4651.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to


• Elma Conservation Club Home Study Course, 600 Creek Road, 1-2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6. Register on line.

• Getzville Fire Co., 630 Dodge Road, Amherst, 6-10 p.m. March 25 and 27 and April 1. Register at:


• Springville Field & Stream Home Study Course, 8900 Chase Road, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 5. Register in person at the Concord Town Hall.


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “Eight-Hour Annual In-Service Class,” Thursday; and “New York State Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center at Amherst, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; and “Utah-Florida-Arizona Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center at Amherst, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., March 29. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Classes: “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” hosted by Genesee County SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia., 9 a.m., Saturday, call 778-9431; and “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” K&K Guns, Varysburg, 9 a.m., March 29, call (585) 535-0248.


• Buffalo Power Squadron “Public Safe Boating Course with Jet Ski Certification,” Daemen College, Duns Scotus Hall, Room 227, 4380 Main St., Amherst, a 5-week course held 6:45-9 p.m. starting March 27. Call 675-6288 or email:

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “About Boating Safely Course,” McKinley Mall, Community Room, West Seneca, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., March 29. Call 366-0899 or go to


• Niagara Frontier Gun Show: Newstead Fire Hall, Akron, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 23. For details, go to

• Deer Search of WNY “Blood Tracking/Shot Placement Workshop,” West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., noon, March 23, call Kevin Ulrich at 655-6028 or Gary Huber at 648-7417.


• Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA 19th Annual Banquet, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster, 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 866-7656.

• Ninth Annual Niagara River Anglers Association John Long Sr. Memorial Outdoorsmen Raffle and Dinner Feast, St. Vincent de Paul, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara, 2-6 p.m., March 23. Call 628-1460, 998-8910 or 531-3430.

• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited Banquet and Fundraiser, Lucarelli’s Banquet Facility, Lackawanna, 6 p.m., March 29. Call 826-4178.

• Niagara County Gobblers Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co., 3:30 p.m., March 30. Call Pam Lederhouse at 791-3151.

• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Annual Awards Banquet, Suzanne’s Fine Dining, Wheatfield, 5:30 p.m., April 5. Call 433-3547.

• Niagara Musky Association 20th Annual Awards Banquet, Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 6-11 p.m., April 5. Call Scott McKee at 225-3816.

• NY Bowhunters Banquet, Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, April 5. Call Paul Willet at (585) 394-5137.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Maple Harvest Festival,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday and March 23. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “Wild at Art (for families, ages 5 and older),” 2-4 p.m., Saturday. Registration required unless noted as open. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, programs: “St. Patrick’s Day Family Full Moon Walk,” 7:30 p.m., Monday; “After School Escape (grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Spring Equinox Hike,” 6 p.m., Thursday; “Snow with a Chance of Salamanders,” 7:30 p.m., Friday; and “March Migrations,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• “Emerald Ash Borer Detector Training, Part I”, Reinstein Woods, Cheektowaga, 9:45 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Register before Thursday by calling Sharon Bachman at 652-5400, Ext. 150.

• Buffalo Geological Society “46th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show,” Erie County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23. For details and directions, go to and scroll to Events Calendar.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “First Day of Spring Walk,” Whirlpool State Park, 1-3 p.m., Thursday, call 285-0516.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Haughton Park/Buffalo River,” 4 p.m., Thursday, call 826-1939; “Ellicott Creek Park,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday, call 691-6750; and “Beaver Meadow Audubon Center-Hike or Snowshoe,” 10:30 a.m., March 23, call (585) 457-9892.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: For all club events and extended weekend outings, visit

• Paths, Peaks & Paddles Event: “Let’s Explore the Alabama Swamps,” 7:30 a.m., March 23. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Big Wheels Bicycle Club Open House, Zion United Church of Christ, Koenig Circle and Parker Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, 1-3 p.m., Saturday. Call 625-8308 or 689-3741 or go to

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: “Seashells Through Geologic Time,” Dr. Rick Batt lecture, Gateway Executive Office Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Wednesday; and Penn Dixie exhibit at the “Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show,” Saturday and March 23. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Kisil Point Trek,” 10 a.m., Thursday; “Equinox Waterfalls Walk,” 6 p.m., Friday; “Mount Morris Canyon-West Trek,” 10 a.m., Saturday; “Signs of Spring Walk,” 2 p.m., Saturday; “Search for Hidden Creatures,” 10 a.m., March 23; and “Indoor Ed-Venture-Skulls and Tracks,” 2:30 p.m., March 23. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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