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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Lake Shore Gun Club, Lyndonville, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Annual Picnic Meeting, Tifft Nature Preserve, 6 p.m., Wednesday. For details, e-mail: WilliamWatsonSr@aol.com.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Capt. Doug Stein will discuss "Walleye Fishing from Buffalo Small Boat Harbor." Call 636-0519.

NYSDEC Watershed Meeting, Woodlawn Beach State Park, Blasdell, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 20. Lunch provided, reservations must be in by Wednesday. Call Robin Holevinski (372-0645).

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>Archery

Niagara Region 2007 Summer Archery League, no shoots on Fathers Day weekend, June 16-17; next league shoot at Double T on June 24. Call Dave Herberger (751-9050).

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>Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Niagara County Club, 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

Niagara County Sportsmen's Association "Women Taking Aim", 2506 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville, 8:30 a.m., June 23. The deadline is today to register for this shooting clinic for women. Forms are on-line at: www.ncsaonline.org or check with Denise Walker (694-1735).

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>Certification courses

*Hunting

Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, July 18, 20 and 22. Class size limited. Call Stan Culverwell (751-9848) evenings.

*Archery

LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, July 11, 18 and 21. For details, call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, 6 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2300.

Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 822-1043.

*Boating

Niagara Power Squadron Safe Boating Course, Weaver Motorsports and Marine, 3400 Niagara Falls Blvd., 7 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and June 19 and 21. Call 773-2140 or 434-2235 evenings.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Buffalo ABC Boating Course, St. Patrick's Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call Norb Marciniak (681-5436).

Summer Safe Boating Courses at Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, pre-registration required. Call (315) 258-2700 or go to: wwww.basspro.com.

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Alexander Charity Gun Show, Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall, Route 98, (Thruway exit 48), 8 a.m.-3 p.m., next Sunday. Call (800) 225-7338, 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows@aol.com.

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Summer Trout and Salmon Tactics for Fishing Lake Ontario," Capt. Bob Cinelli, 7 p.m., June 19. Call 743-2300 or go to: www.gandermountain.com.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m.; and Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, 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. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Insect Safari," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. 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 Program: "Barns, Bobolinks and Beeches," Knox Farm State Park, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Chestnut Ridge Park Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 649-3653; "Wednesday Evening Mini-Hike -- Amherst Canalway," 6:30 p.m., call 832-1921; and "Father's Day Delaware Park," 9:30 a.m., next Sunday, call 825-3106.

Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Program: "Family Fossil Fun Days at the Penn Dixie Site and the Buffalo Museum of Science," 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. To register, call 627-4560, ext. 338 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Town Line Road, Delevan, open Sundays, 2-5 p.m. in June and July. Call 942-6835 or go to: www.gooseneckhillwatterfowlfarm.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Gibsonville Walk," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Crepuscular Walk-Beaver Walk," 7:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Springtime Walk-Trout Pond Trail," 1 p.m., next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, NY, 14525, or e-mail to willodrs@gmail.com

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