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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 874-2522.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Monday. Call 632-5024.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 662-6965.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Lancaster Moose Club, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 839-2269.

Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, Bond Lake Park, 2506 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville, 2 p.m. next Sunday. Call 731-4535.

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>Archery

13th Annual Youth Archery Camp application deadline is Monday for the Aug. 3-5 camp at Hawkeye Bowmen. Call 684-1120.

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>Shooting sports

Elma Conservation Club Five-Stand Shoot on Mondays has a few slots open. Call (585) 591-4210.

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club Leagues: Summer Outdoor 900-NRA Registered League, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Summer Twilight League, 6 p.m. Friday; and WNY Outdoor Pistol League, 9 a.m. next Sunday. To register for all leagues, call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

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>Shows/seminars

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Outdoor Photography," Jim Monteleone, 7 p.m. Thursday; "Fishing the Rivers of the Adirondacks," John Fik, noon Saturday; "Backpacking the Adirondacks," Bob Van Hise and Tom Wujek, 2 p.m. Saturday; and "Canoe Tripping the Adirondacks, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Akron Volunteer Fire Department Gun Show, 1 Main St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Call (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Buffalo Audubon Society Annual Dinner and Elections, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Hamilton, past president of Buffalo Ornithological Society, will give a multimedia presentation, "South of the Horn." For reservations, call (800) 377-1520 or (585) 457-3228.

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club grand reopening, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda, dinners starting at 4 p.m. Friday. For reservations, call 692-2161.

Niagara Frontier Pistol League and Suburban Pistol League Awards Banquet, Kotecki's Grandview Grove, West Seneca, 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Call Frank Wukovits (634-2769).

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>Certification courses

*Hunting

Hartland Conservation Club, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Register at first class. Call 778-5288 evenings.

Clarence Town Park, Main Street, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26 and 27. Call 908-6272.

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*Archery

Wolcottsville Sportsmen's Club, Ditch Road, 6-10 p.m. May 14 and 15. Call 735-3343.

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*Boating

Niagara Power Squadron Safe Boating Course, Anchor Marine, 1501 Ferry Road, Grand Island, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, May 9-10. Call 773-2140 or 434-2235 evenings.

Personal Watercraft Boating Safety Course, Maryvale Community Education Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 635-4666.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, Lackawanna, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "Boy Scout Environmental Science Merit Badge," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; and Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m. Iroquois Observations Programs on Saturday: "Warbler Walk," 8 a.m.; "Scope Watch," 1-5 p.m.; "Hands-On Creating a Backyard Habitat," 1-2:30 p.m.; "Secretive Birds of the Marsh-at Kanyoo Trail," 6-8 p.m.; and "Owl Prowl," 8:30-10 p.m. On Sunday: "Canoe Trip-Knowlesville Road Bridge," 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Events: "Tails and Trails -- Free Outing," 2 p.m. every Sunday; hiking trails open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays; "Guided Wellness Walks," 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Tour Guide Training," 1 p.m. Saturday; and "Early Bird Walk," 9 a.m. next Sunday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and self-guided trails, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Environmental Education Center hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Beach Treasures and Trash," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Sunday; Woodlawn Beach State Park. Call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Stiglmeier Park Saunter," Tuesday, call 832-1921; and "Route 30 to Gooseneck Road," 9 a.m., Saturday, call 652-0068 or 699-4686.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Map and Compass Skills Practice Sessions: Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6 p.m. Thursday and May 17. Call 903-1180 or go to: www: buffalo-orienteering.bfn.org.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society Field Trip: "Harris Hill State Forest near Gerry in Chautauqua County," Saturday. Call Michael Siuta (822-2544).

Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Programs: "Astronomy Program: Viewing Constellations," Saturday evening. The site will be open to the public Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to October. Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

Heartwood Wilderness Workshop, Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales: "Twenty First Century Survival," 1-6 p.m. next Sunday ($35 adult, $15 youth). Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Brooks and Brambles -- Along Dishmill Creek," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Mount Morris Dam Open House," 10 a.m. Saturday; and "Springtime Walk -- Mary Jemison Trail," 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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