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Outdoors Calendar

Feb. 15 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY monthly meeting at the clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg,  7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mike Steffes with Warrior Lures.

Feb. 15 – Erie County SCOPE will hold its monthly meeting at Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 - Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International monthly meeting at the American Legion Post #735, on Legion Drive, West Seneca.  Fly tying at 6 p.m. with the "Damsel Fly." Business meeting at 7 p.m.  Guest speaker is DEC’s Connie Adams about waterfowl.  Public is invited. For further information: 675-4766.

Feb. 16-19 – Great Backyard Bird Count is underway. www.gbbc.birdcount.org for details or more information.

Feb. 17 – Harry Smith Installation Dinner and Dance with the Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Visit www.southtownswalleye.org for more info.

Feb. 17 – Youth/Adult Fly Tying Classes hosted by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International at the Reinstein Woods Educational Building, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga from 1 to 4:30 p.m. This is the first of four classes. For more info call 675-4766.

Feb. 17 – Winter Wonderland Ski Tour at Evangola State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Cross-country skiing with the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club. Call 549-1050 to register or for more info.

Feb. 17 – Great Backyard Bird Count. Join Buffalo Audubon at Beaver Meadow in North Java. Free but you must preregister by calling 585-457-3228.

Feb. 17-18 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Road (Route 104), Medina, 9 a.m. each day. Visits www.nfgshows.com for more info.

Feb. 17 – Animals in Winter program with naturalist Mark Carra at Buffalo Audubon’s Beaver Meadow in North Java. Pre-registration required. Fee is $5. Call 585-457-3228 to register. Times are 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 17 – Great Lakes Angler Super Salmon School with Capt. Dan Keating and Capt. Rich Hajecki, Rochester. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $60. Call 847-354-5106 to preregister.

Feb. 17 – Family Snowshoeing event at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Kanyoo Trail. Contact person is Ginger Wszalek. Call 683-5959 to pre-register.

Feb. 18 – Cross Country Ski Tour at Knox Farm State Park from 1-3 p.m. hosted by Buffalo Audubon. Bring your own skis. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Feb. 20 – Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board monthly meeting at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo starting at 7 p.m. There will be an optional meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the FLW Costa Series Tournament to be held out of Buffalo this summer.

Feb. 21-25 – WNY Boat Show at the ADPRO Sports Training Center, One Bills Drive, Orchard Park. Wednesday and Thursday are free admission. www.wnyboatshow.com

Feb. 22 – Junior Audubon Club – What do you wonder about birds? From 10 a.m. to noon. Held at Beaver Meadow in N. Java. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Feb. 24 – Ice World Erie Exploration at Evangola State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register or for more info.

Feb. 24 – Birding on the River at Beaver Island State Park. Call 282-5154 to register or for more info.

Feb. 24 – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be hosting an Explore Water at its source in our headwaters forests at Hunters Creek County Park in Wales starting at 10 a.m. Register at www.bnwaterkeeper.org.

Feb. 24 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its monthly meeting at the George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara Street, Buffalo starting at 6:30 p.m. with the board meeting and 7 p.m. with the regular meeting.

Feb. 24 – Hawkeye Bowmen open public shoot from 8 a.m. to noon. $5 donation. Kids 12 and under are free.

Feb. 24 – Deersearch WNY will be sponsoring a Blood Tracking Seminar at 2 p.m. at the West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., West Falls. For more information go to www.deersearchwny.org.

Feb. 24 – Ice Masters Elite Tournament Trail Team Event out of Lakeside Park, Mayville on Chautauqua Lake. Registration 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $60 for a team. Weigh in at 2 p.m. (you must be off the ice by then). For more information contact Mark Dusablon at 607-742-0343. Several species categories.

Feb. 24-25 – Sportsmen’s Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, Salamanca. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $8. Call 569-6810 for more info.

Feb. 25 – Orvis Buffalo will be hosting WNY guide Alberto Rey at noon for a fly tying demonstration of his “Cuban Flea” fly and discuss tactics for local steelhead. The shop is located at 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. Call 276-7200 to preregister for this free presentation on local steelhead fishing tips.

Feb. 25 – Winter Tree Identification at Knox Farm State Park from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register or for more info.

Feb. 28 – Final day for many small game seasons including cottontail rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, ruffed grouse and varying hare in certain regions of the state. Consult the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov for more information.

Feb. 28 – Deadline for nominations for the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs annual awards program. Send nominations to billhiltsjr@gmail.com.

March 2-10 – Late Canada Goose Season in the South Area. For boundary information and other details check out www.dec.ny.gov.

March 3 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Awards Banquet at Kloc’s Grove, West Seneca. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets $35, pre-sale only. Call Cheryl Schenne at 655-2328. www.eriectyfsc.org

March 3 – National Invasive Species Week starts. Program at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Casey Road, Alabama from 1-2 p.m.

March 3 – Rural Landowners Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany. For more information or to register contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 Ext. 18.

March 3 - Ice Masters Elite Tournament Trail Blind Draw Team Event out of Braddocks Bay Marina, Braddocks Bay. Registration 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $60 for a team ($30 per person). Weigh in at 2 p.m. (you must be off the ice by then). For more information contact Mark Dusablon at 607-742-0343. Several species categories.

March 3 – Saturday Birding at Buckhorn Island State Park with Buffalo Audubon’s Tom Kerr from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Woods Creek lot on East-West Park Drive, Grand Island. Call 585-457-3228.

March 8-11 – WNY Sport and Travel Expo, Agri-Center, Hamburg. Show opens at noon on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. www.eriepromotions.com for details.

March 9 – Forest Frolic at Evangola State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register.

March 10 - Ice Masters Elite Tournament Trail Event out of Silver Lake State Boat Launch, Silver Lake. Registration 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $60 for a team ($30 per person). Weigh in at 2 p.m. (you must be off the ice by then). For more information contact Mark Dusablon at 607-742-0343. Several species categories.

March 10 – North Tonawanda Owl Prowl with Buffalo Audubon at the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve. Pre-registration is required at 585-457-3228. Cost is $7.

March 10 – Boating Safety Class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Martin Laufer for more info at 390-7727.

March 18 -- Beginning of a 10-week Spring Trap League hosted by the Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston. Shooting signup times will be  Sundays 9 a.m.-12 noon and Thursday; 6-8 p.m. Teams, individuals and practice shooters are welcome. Questions: 335 - 4111

 

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