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Outdoors calendar (Week of May 8)

Meetings

• Cattaraugus County Chapter of SCOPE, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call 968-2720 or 373-3322.

• Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post No. 4635, 38 North Platt St., Albion, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 798-1718.

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 7 p.m.,Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

• Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, Wilson Conservation Club, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 791-4628 or (585) 733-59618.

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie’s Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

• Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 771-0138 or visit maxi7.com.

• Allied Sportsmen’s Club, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 937-2615.

• Erie County Chapter of Bassmasters, Doc Sullivan’s Bar, 474 Abbott Road, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Email: mschmittjr@aol.com.

• Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m. Thursday. Capt. Joe Fonzi of Thumbs Up Charters will discuss “Techniques for June Walleyes in Buffalo Harbor.” Call 636-0519.

• Wyoming County Chapter of SCOPE, Social Services Bldg., 5342 Doody St., Warsaw, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 866-1398.

Shooting sports

• Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shooting Day, Hickox Road, noon-3:30 p.m. June 5. A $30 fee includes lunch, range instruction, and a round of trap/skeet with shells. Call 864-7677 or 881-2067.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification class dates and for classes nearest your location, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860. Area certification instructors registering students for instruction can post details of those classes with an email to: odrswill@gmail.com.

Pistol

• Jim Carr Class, “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Rapids Fire Hall, 719 Plank Road, Lockport, 6 p.m. Tuesday. To preregister, call 778-9431 or visit carrpsc.com.

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit,” American Legion Cadille Post, Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Call 903-2558 or visit info@ftwny.com.

Boating

• US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “Boating and Jet Ski Safety Class,” Community Room, McKinley Mall, West Seneca, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. Call 725-9669 or email: reiner7@verizon.com. For additional classes, visit wnyboatsafe.org.

Shows/seminars

• New York Forest Owners Association, Niagara Frontier Chapter, “Woods Walk at Tifft Nature Preserve,” 10 a.m. Saturday for all members and perspective members. Meet at main parking lot. Call 795-3305.

Banquets/fundraisers

• Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Cheektowaga, 5:30 p.m. May 26. Margaret Wooster of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will discuss “Riparian Corridors”, tickets are $30; reservations must be made by Monday. Call 532-6022 or visit nsswny.org.

Hiking/nature

• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Two Volunteer Training Sessions: ‘How to Participate in an Audubon Day’ at 9:30-noon on Wednesday and ‘Grandpa Tree’ 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday. Call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to buffaloaudubon.org.

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Birding for Dummies (for adults),” 2-3 p.m. Saturday; and “Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp (for ages 3-5), 9:30-11:30 a.m.,May 16. Call 825-6397 (ext. 338) or visit TIFFT.org.

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, Programs: “Warbler Walk,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday; and “Poisonous Plants in your Own Back Yard,” 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 683-5959 or visit reinsteinwoods.org/events.

• NYS Parks Niagara Region Interpretive Programs “From Warblers to Wright,” Darwin Martin House, 10 a.m.-noon, SaturdayC. all 549-1050; and “Basics of Birding,” DeVeaux Woods State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “ Joe Panza Trail (in Alden) Saunter,” 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 651-9877; and “Chestnut Ridge Park Evening Hike,” 6:15 p.m., Thursday, call 548-1401. For all Foothills events, visit foothillstrailclub.org.

• Paths, Peaks & Paddles Programs: “National River Cleanup – Ellicott Creek,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; and “Introduction to Kayaking,” 9 a.m.-noon May 15. For more details, call 213-0350 or email: pppinfo@pathspeakspaddles.com.

• Wild Spirit Education Public Program: “Nature Photography – Two Sessions,” Griffith Institute High School, 290 North Buffalo St., Springville, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday. To sign up, visit meetup.com/Nature-in-WNY.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Event: “Astronomy Program – Mars, Jupiter, and Leo the Lion Sightings,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Morning Bird Walk – Great Bend Gorge,” 8 a.m. Thursday; and “Greenway Hike-Quaker Road to Lehigh Valley Trail,” 10 a.m. Saturday. Call (585) 493-3625.

email: odrswill@gmail.com