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CALENDAR/ UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Meetings

Department of Environmental Conservation Waterfowl Information Meeting, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Casey Road, Alabama, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 226-5324.

DEC Draft Management Plan for Reinstein Weeds Nature Preserve Public Meeting, Bellevue Fire Hall, 511 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 851-7201.

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 648-9732.

Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain store, Town of Tonawanda 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 743-2300.

Shooting sports

NYS Rifle and Pistol Association hosts the 2004 Empire State Games shooting events at three sites (Binghamton Gun Club, Binghamton Rifle Club and Broome County Sportsmen's Association) Wednesday-Saturday. For details, go to: www.nysrpa.org.

Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda, Summer Outdoor 900 (centerfire), 6 p.m. Wednesday; Twilight League (.22/centerfire), 6 p.m. Friday. Call 695-1725.

WNY Outdoor Pistol League 2004, Polaris at Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club (.22/centerfire), 9 a.m. next Sunday. Call 695-1725.

West Falls Conservation Society Weekly Wednesday Trapshooting, 7 p.m. All shooters welcome. Call 652-4650.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League begins Aug. 6, walk-ins welcome, 6-10 p.m. Fridays. Call 626-4953.

WNY Practical Pistol League June Match winners: Open, Mike Boland; Production, Tom Beck; Limited, Owen Waroad; Limited 10, Brent Holmes; Overall, John Guida.

Archery

Double J Archery Traditional/Primitive Shoot, Saturday and next Sunday, 40-target course opens daily at 7:30 a.m. Call 699-6510 or go to: www.doublejarchery.com.

2004 WNY Summer 3-D Traveling League, Glen-Coe Conservation Club, 8 a.m. next Sunday. Call 941-6379.

WNY Field Archers and Bowhunters Outdoor League Shoot, Evans Field Archers, Cain Road, Angola, registration 7-11 a.m. next Sunday. Call 549-0333.

Niagara Region Summer Triple Crown Series: LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, next Sunday. Shooters can compete in either trophy or money classes. Call John Peters (585) 496-5819.

West Falls Conservation Society 15-Target 3-D Shoot, 55 Bridge St., begins Aug. 5 and shoots 4:30 p.m. until dusk on Thursdays until Sept. 23. Call 655-5030.

Certification classes

HUNTING

Wood & Brook Sportsmen's Club, Route 33 (quarter-mile east of Crittenden Road), Alden, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 2 and 6 and Aug. 7. Register at first class.

George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., 6-10:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4 and 5. Register at first class.

La Salle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

We Care Transportation, 401 East Amherst St., 6-10 p.m. Aug. 13 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 14. Call 444-7177.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Route 78, Lockport, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 17 and 18. Call 778-9935.

Clarence Town Park, Main St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Call 741-8938.

Genesee Valley Conservation Club, Mills Street, Caneadea, Aug. 20 and 21. Call (585) 365-2317.

Whitesville Rod & Gun Club, Route 248, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 20 and 8 a.m. Aug. 21. Call (607) 356-3431 or (607) 356-3682.

ARCHERY

Nick's Sporting Goods, 1212 Kenmore Ave., 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday, or Aug. 11-12. To register, call 875-9218.

Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Register in person at Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

3-F Conservation Society, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. Call 754-2294 or 754-7097.

Springville Field & Stream, White Street, Aug. 2, 4 and 7. Register at the Town Hall.

Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Stockton, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7. Register at Cassadaga Shur-Fine store, Wednesday through Aug. 5.

Millgrove Sportsmen's Club at Alden Rod & Gun Club, County Line Road, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14. Call (585) 599-6431 or (585) 937-7632 after 6 p.m.

Leo's Archery, 25 Pine St., East Aurora, 9 a.m., Aug. 8. Register at range.

PISTOL

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 5 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043.

American Sportsmen Center Pistol Certification Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 743-8575.

Buffalo Gun Center Pistol Permit Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 833-2581.

A Best Pistol Permit Course, 3976 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Classes available Wednesday or Saturday. Call 681-2248.

BOATING

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course: Lancaster Municipal Building, Saturday. Call 694-2856.

TRAPPING

S & S Taxidermy, Springville, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 592-2404.

Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6, and 9 a.m. Aug. 7. Call 751-9848 evenings.

WATERFOWL IDENTIFICATION

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 3 and 5. To register, call (585) 948-5445, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Genesee Valley Conservation Club, Mills Street, Caneadea, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 19. Call (585) 365-2317.

Dinners/banquets

WNY Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet, Yodler Chalet, Holiday Valley, Ellicottville, Aug. 7. Call Rick Pangborn at 496-8250.

Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 3 p.m.: "Nature Journaling" today and "Bugs!" next Sunday. "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; "Living off the Land Workshop," Saturday and next Sunday. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.: "Discovery Field Kit Tours" Thursday-Saturday; "Thursday Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon. For registered programs, call 896-5200, ext. 338. For all other TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours (no reservations needed), 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. "Nocturnal Adventure," 8 p.m. Wednesday. Call 851-7201 or 683-5959.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Primitive Gardens in Amherst and Williamsville," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 876-2721; "Tifft Nature Preserve," 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, call 693-6045; "Emery Park," 10 a.m. Saturday, call 836-4270; and "Conservation Trail - Kruse to Poverty Hill," 9:30 a.m. next Sunday, call 433-4546.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Canoe/Kayak - Ellicott Creek Park," Friday; "Hike - Naples Creek Walks," Saturday; and "Hike - Moss Lake," next Sunday. Call 532-5259 or 564-2106.

Hamburg Natural History Society Programs: "Evening Astronomy at Penn Dixie Site," 8:20-11 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

Heartwood Wilderness Skills Workshops, Kenneglenn, South Wales: "Survival Basics," 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 655-7622.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks: "Beaver Island State Park Birds," 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Call 826-8895.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Learn about Letchworth Series," 7 p.m. Tuesday; "Waterfalls Venture - Middle Falls," 8 a.m. Wednesday; "Crepuscular Walk," 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture - Ferns," 2 p.m. next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

Hawk Creek's 17th Wildlife & Renaissance Festival, East Aurora, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Go to: www.hawkcreek.org.

The Rock Environmental Center, Delevan, Program: "Small Plant Identification," 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 353-4015 or go to: www.Learn.to//therockenc.

Bruce Nature Trail Hikes: "Port Robinson," 9 a.m. Wednesday, call (905) 684-2090; "Merritt Trail," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, call (905) 684-2090; and "Quarry Road," 9 a.m. Saturday, call (905) 688-3139.
Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086, or fax to 685-0420, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.

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