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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.

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, Nike Base, Grand Island, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Send e-mail to

Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410, Lockport, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 772-2261.

Southtowns Walleye Association, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. "Two Interesting Reflections on Lake Erie and Walleye Fishing." Call 649-8202.

Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, South Gate Plaza Community Room, Union Road, West Seneca, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 941-6056 and 825-4174.

Delta Waterfowl Twin Tiers Chapter, Jamestown Community College, Olean Campus, Community College, Route 1/Union Street, 7-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 224-7454.



WNY Winter 2009 3-D Archery League, Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, next Sunday. Call Ray Zylinski Jr. (866-5072).

Niagara Region Winter 2009 Archery League, Wood and Brook Sportsmen's Club, Alden, next Sunday. Call Marty Handley (704-0473).


>Shooting sports

WNY Practical Pistol February Match, Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club indoor range, Killian Road, Pendleton. Registration begins at 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call Jim Rusert (812-9582) or visit


>Certification classes


Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or visit

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, Tonawanda, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2700.



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

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary "About Boating Safety Course," McKinley Mall Community Room, eight-hour course, Feb. 28. Call Bob Moscato (681-3889).



Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Father Justin's Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, Social Hour, 6 p.m., dinner, 7 p.m., March 7, call Dan Tone (655-0975).



Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series, 880 Young St., Tonawanda: "Caribou Hunting in Quebec -- A Multi-Media Presentation," Tom Owczarczak 7 p.m., Tuesday; "Backpacking and Canoe Tripping the Adirondacks," Bob Van Hise, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday; and "Fly Tying Workshop Covering Stone Fly Nymphs," Jim Guida, 7 p.m., Friday. Call 743-2300.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Babes in the Woods (for ages 3-5 and caregivers)," 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; and "Elise Able Eastern Coyote Seminar," 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Pint-Sized Naturalist: Great Groundhogs (for ages 4-5 and caregivers)," 10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. To register, call 896-5200, ext. 338; 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.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Goat Island Icicle Walk," Niagara Falls State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, call 282-5154.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "Six-Legged Snowshoe Walk-for Hidden Insects in the Woods (for adults and ages 6 and older)," 2 p.m., Tuesday; "Snow Crafts (for ages 8-10)," 10:30 a.m., Wednesday; "After School Escape (for kindergarten-grade 5)," 4 p.m., Thursday; "Family Movie Night-Hoot," 6:30 p.m., Thursday; "Snowshoe Walk," 10 a.m., Friday, Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. 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 Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Cross Country Ski," 9 a.m., Wednesday, for site, call 693-6832 or 564-2106; "Chestnut Ridge Park Snowshoe," 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, call 648-9027 or 857-2017; and "Zoar Rim Snowshoe," next Sunday. For time and meeting site, call 648-9027 by Thursday. Visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Buffalo River Park-Hike/Snowshoe," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 826-1939; and "Zoar Rim Hike," next Sunday, for time and place call 648-9027.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing/Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or visit

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Mt. Morris Canyon Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Near Equinox Signs of Spring Walk," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture-Winter Mushrooms," 2:30 p.m., Saturday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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