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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

State AFS meeting in Buffalo

The New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is currently holding its 51st Annual Meeting at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center Feb. 1-3 – for the first time ever in the Queen City. It was Dr. Dimitry Gorsky, fisheries biologist with the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (DEC) and current president of the state AFS Chapter, who made the effort to bring it to Buffalo … along with other local colleagues. The theme is most appropriate, too: “Resurgin’ Sturgeon.” Dr. Gorsky’s sturgeon work on the lower Niagara River, in collaboration with lake sturgeon work being conducted by DEC and FWS in the upper Niagara River, as well as throughout the Great Lakes (and the work underway along the Hudson River, too) make this theme a perfect fit to the area and to the meeting. “People will be coming from throughout the Great Lakes Basin to share their knowledge on a wide variety of fish species and programs,” says Gorsky. “Much of it will be focused on lake sturgeon. We are excited to be able to host this in Western New York.”

Federation seeks nominations

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs is seeking nominations for its 2016 conservation awards as they relate to a variety of outdoor disciplines. Some of the categories include:

  • The Leroy Winn Memorial for Club of the Year
  • The Oliver Jones Memorial for Sportsperson of the Year
  • The Pinky Robinson Memorial Award for dedication to Great Lakes fisheries
  • The John Daly Memorial Award for Legislator of the Year
  • The John Long, Sr. Memorial Award for Business of the Year
  • The Vic Fitchlee Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  •  Deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 28. For a nomination form, contact John Butcher at 628-2211. Nominations can be sent in electronically at The awards dinner is April 8 at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, Gasport.

Great American Outdoor Show Feb. 4-12

If you enjoy attending outdoor shows, the really don’t get any bigger than the “Great American Outdoor Show” at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Set for Feb. 4-12, this nine day extravaganza is billed as the largest show of its kind in the world. With more than 1,100 exhibitors and over 200 seminars, you can’t see everything in just one day. It’s not surprising that there is a huge focus on hunting and the shooting sports because this show is now being run by the National Rifle Association. The Farm Show Complex covers 650,000 square feet.

State of Lake Ontario March 7

The Annual State of Lake Ontario public meeting, giving the general public information on what’s happening in the lake relative to the fishery, has been set for March 7. Once again it will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Information on the status of the lake’s forage base, stocking numbers, updated information on the Open Lake Boat Survey as well as information on the Tributary Survey will  be on the agenda. If you have an interest in Lake Ontario, this is a great gathering to get you up to speed on the lake. This meeting is open to the public and no special reservations are required.

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