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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Church, 77 Washington Hwy., Snyder, 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, Snyder, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Brenda Young of Daemen College will discuss "Stormwater Management: Green Roof and Rain Gardens."

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie's Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Mike Hamilton will discuss "The BOS Annual October Count."
Erie County Bassmasters, Nowak's Bar, 1458 Lovejoy St., 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 897-1220.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 636-0519.



WNY Winter 2009 3-D Archery League, Glen Coe Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Mike Matala (337-0126).

Niagara Region Winter 2009 Archery League, Allied Sportsmen's Club, Alden/Marilla, next Sunday. Call Mike Kurtowski (983-8544) or Dale Hoffman (668-0174).


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Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Register at first class.



UAW 686 Pistol Club NRA Certified Pistol Course, UAW Hall, Walnut and Vine streets, Lockport, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call Larry Koch (778-9935) or Gordon Botting (342-1563).

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Classes: Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2700; and Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 6-9 p.m., Feb. 17, call 542-4429.



Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Call (315) 258-2700.



Boating Safety Class, Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 9-5 p.m., next Sunday. Call (315) 258-2700.



Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Fly Tying Workshop Covering Hares Ear Nymphs," Jim Guida 7 p.m., Friday; and "Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop," Dave Horton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Call 743-2300 or visit

Central New York Boat Show and Sale, NYS Fairgrounds (3 buildings), Wednesday-Sunday, walleye seminar on Wednesday, two youth boater safety courses, boat displays from pack-boat canoes to yachts. For complete details, go to

Bass Pro Shops, Outdoors Skills Workshops Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, Saturday: Capt. Tony Buffa will discuss "Onedia Lake, Spring and Early Summer Walleyes," 11 a.m.; and Sheri Baitey will discuss "Coyote Hunting," 1 and 3 p.m.

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, WNY Event Center, 11163 Main St., Clarence, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 542-9929 or go to

Paths, Peaks and Paddles class, 1000 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda, "Introduction to Snowshoeing," Feb. 9. Call 213-0350.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "Advanced Tour Leader Training," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Great Backyard Bird Count begins on Friday," and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Nature's Circle: Great Groundhogs (for ages 2-3 and caregivers)," 10:30-11:15 a.m., Tuesday; "Friday Tiffternoons: Winter Astronomy," 2-3:30 p.m., Friday; and "Winter Fest," 1-4 p.m., next Sunday. Call 896-5200, ext. 338, for activity details and registration when required; Hiking trails open dawn to dusk, Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays; guided nature tours, 2 p.m., Sundays. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Full Snow Moon Walk (for adults and children 8 and older)," 6:30 p.m., Monday; "Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Tour," 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and 2 p.m., next Sunday; "After School Escape (for kindergarten-fifth grade and caregivers), 4 p.m., Thursday; and "Winter Birding," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a. m. on Saturdays and for self-guided trails, 9 a. m.-5 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: "Friday the 13th Adventure," DeVeaux Woods State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, call 282-5154; "Ice Bridges of Niagara," DeVeaux Woods State Park, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, call 282-5154; and "Valentine Volcanoes!," Evangola State Park, noon-2 p.m., Saturday, call 826-8895.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Cross Country Skiing," 9 a.m., Wednesday, for destination, call 693-6832 or 564-2106; "Chestnut Ridge Park Snowshoe," 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, call 648-9027; and "Cross Country Skiing Day at Byrncliff Resort," Saturday, ski/snowshoe early and dinner-dance that evening, call 564-2106. For all club and outings info, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Tifft Nature Preserve Hike/Snowshoe," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 823-8156; and "Ellicott Creek Bike Path Hike," 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 835-9728.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: Penn Dixie exhibit at Forth Annual WNY Home and Garden Expo, Erie County Fairgrounds Agri-Center, Thursday-Sunday. Call 627-4560 or visit

Paths, Peaks and Paddles event: "Introduction to Snowshoeing," Monday. Call 213-0350 or visit

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Dishmill Creek Trek," 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike," 1 p.m., Saturday; and "Winter Wonder Walk," 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 493-3625.



Spina Bifida Charity Wild Game Dinner, Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island, noon, next Sunday. Call Hutch Enterprises (297-8401) for details.

Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited 28th Annual Banquet, Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 6 p.m., Feb. 28. Call George Rockey (674-3075) or Ron Sheldon (649-7817).

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

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