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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


New York Walleye Association, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Jim Plinzke will discuss "Unique Products and Techniques for Lake Erie Walleye." Call 874-2522.

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



Niagara Region 2007 Summer Archery League, Port Colborne, Ont. next Sunday. Call Chuck Sider (905) 682-3998.


>Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Clarence, next Sunday. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).


>Certification courses


Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Chaffee/Holland, 8 a.m. July 28 and 29. Call Don Cherico (826-1489).

Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), July 18, 20 and 22. Call Stan Culverwell (751-9848) evenings.



Wheatfield Community Center, Church Street (Route 429), 5-9:30 p.m., July 30-31. Call 778-5914 (evenings).



Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, 6-10 p.m., July 18 and 7 a.m., July 21. Call Frank Miskey Jr. (681-5690).



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


>Shows / seminars

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Firearms Hunter Safety Course," 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 743-2300 or go to:


>Hiking / Nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Babes in the Woods (ages 3-5)," 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday; and Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. events: "Who Done it? Plant and Animal Identification," 2-5 p.m., today, "Tails and Trails-Free Outing," 2 p.m. every Sunday; hiking trails open 10 a.m.-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, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Life on the Forest Floor," 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: "Explore the Gorge -- Devil's Hole to Whirlpool State Park," 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Riverwalk Saunter -- Band Shell, Niawanda Park, Tuesday, call 692-1976; "Tuesday Evening Hike -- Como Park," 6:30 p.m., call 681-0489; "Friday Evening Mini-Hike -- Riverwalk," 6:30 p.m., call 833-3851; "John J. Audubon Wetlands," 11 a.m. Saturday, call 373-4888; and "Holland Willows," 8:30 a.m. next Sunday, call 685-2183.

Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Program: "Third Annual Big Toys, Trucks and Bike Fundraiser," 11 a.m.-4 p.m., today at the Penn Dixie Site, Bristol Road (off Big Tree Road) in Hamburg. For directions, visit:

Heartwood Wilderness Workshop: "Seeing the World Through a Different Lens," nature photographer Steve Koscherak, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, $20 adults/$10 teens, at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales (3 miles from East Aurora). Call 655-7622 or e-mail:

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

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Crepuscular Walk-Evening by the Pond," 7:30 p.m., Thursday; "Animal Walk-Butterfly Beauties," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Blues, Bikes and Barbeque -- Blues Music, Motorcycle Show, Food," 10 a.m. Saturday; "Echoes of the Lights -- Fireworks Scheduled for 9:15 p.m.," Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Dragonflies," 2 p.m. next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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