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Outdoors notebook: Maple syrup season celebrated at Beaver Meadow

Maple sap flowed early during this warm winter and the harvest should be good for area syrup processors. One good place to see and enjoy that syrup spread on a pancake would be during a visit to Buffalo Audubon Society’s Annual Maple Harvest Festival at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in Java next weekend.

The Center’s popular all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast servings begin at 9 a.m. each day and all can taste the sweet fresh syrup, including jack wax, harvested and processed from this year’s maple sap flow.

Activities each day go until 3 p.m. and all can view how sap becomes syrup in the center’s sugar shanty and see how Native Americans produced maple syrup.

Guides provide nature walks around Beaver Meadow and kids have crafts and other outdoors activities to enjoy during the festival. For more details call (585) 457-3228 or visit and click on “upcoming events.”

Lake Ontario meeting

If you missed the Department of Environmental Conservation’s State of Lake Ontario meeting in Lockport on March 3 and would like an update of the lake’s fishery programs and findings, another meeting is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Rochester Institute of Technology Carlson Center for Imaging Science, 54 Lomb Memorial Drive. For more details on this meeting, call (315) 654-2147.

White deer

Herron Hill Winery has provided a matching grant of $200,000 toward the Seneca White Deer bid to purchase and maintain at least part of the Seneca Army Depot’s 11,000 acres on which this unusual strain of whitetail deer exist.

Dennis Money, Seneca White Deer president, noted that his organization’s bid among the 16 submitted was not highest, but the group is best prepared to protect and sustain the herd of white deer that inhabit former depot property on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake.

To help in an effort to establish Seneca White Deer as caretaker of this property, visit and click on “save the depot!”

Erie County honorees

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs honored deserving recipients during its Annual Awards Banquet March 5. Honorees this year are: Sportsmen of the year, Clyde “Phil” Fleck and Valerie E. Gonnello; Sportswoman of the Year, Roxann Ferazzoli; Volunteer of the Year, Doug Spinks; Press Representative of the Year, Will Elliott; Public Servant of the Year, Jim Zanett; Club of the Year, Hawkeye Bowmen Inc.; Stan Spisiak, Conservationist of the Year, Scott McKee; Lifetime Achievement of the Year, John Post; Youth of the Year, Hunter Arthur; Conservation Education, Cheryl “Punky” Schenne; Public Relations, Dave “Forrest Fisher” Barus, and President’s Award, John Susz.

Erie County Trapper Association presented its Trapper of the Year award to Gary Dudek.