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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. DEC fisheries biologist Scott Cornett will discuss "Habitat and Fish Population Surveys Completed in 2010 and Plans for 2011." Call 695-1003.

Buffalo River Cleanup Partnership Meeting (Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Honeywell, and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers), Public School 33, 157 Elk St., 6-8 p.m., Tuesday. Call 852-7483 (ext. 21) or go to buffaloriverrestoration.org.

Chautauqua County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Falconer Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call Floyd Prine (483-3002).

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Installation of officers. Call 440-6995.

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>Shooting sports

Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, Legislative Office Building, Albany, Tuesday. Gun-rights advocates can board a bus in Erie County (check with Gerry Cumbo at 893-1629) or in Genesee and surrounding counties (call Dave Kaufman at 585-494-2314).

Boston Valley Conservation Society Winter Pistol League, 9624 Zimmerman Road, starts Thursday, with relays at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. Call Cliff Faulring (337-3555).

WNY Practical Pistol League November match results: Open Match Winner, Pat Harrington; Limited-10, Mike Auger; Limited, Mike Grujic; Single Stack, Josco Kovic ; and Production, Steve DeLottinville .

January Match, Tonawandas Sportsman's Club, Killian Road, Pendleton, 8:30 a.m., next Sunday, indoor range (no jacketed ammo). Call Jim Rusert (812-9582) or go to wnyppl.org.

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>Archery

WNY 2011 Winter 3-D League, Collins Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Ike Loretto (337-2921).

Niagara Region Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot, Wood & Brook Sportsmen2s Club, Alden, next Sunday. Call Marty Handley (870-2653).

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>Certification classes

*Bowhunter

C&C Archery, 7149 West Main St., Le Roy, 6-9 p.m., Feb. 7 and 9, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 12. Register in person at Le Roy Town Clerk's Office, 48 Main St.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, "Eight-Hour Annual In-Service Class," 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-0125 (ext. 31) or go to swatstore.com.

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Orvis Store, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Call 276-7200.

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>Shows/seminars

Ray Marks Six-Week Fly Fishing Class, J. T. Waugh Elementary School, Angola, 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday. Call Marks (549-1977) or Lake Shore Central Community Education (926-2270).

Orvis Buffalo Steelhead Seminar, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville: "Effectively Presenting Streamers to Steelhead," by Brian Wood, 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 276-7200.

Steamboat Landing Ballroom, Canandaigua, Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 542-9949 or go to nfcshows.com.

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>Banquets

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, 7 p.m., Feb. 5. Call Al Gai (937-3271).

Akron Masons 21st Annual Wild Game Dinner, Newstead Fire Hall. Doors open at 3 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Feb. 5. Call Dean Castren (759-7005).

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "East Aurora Parks Hike-Sinking Ponds Winter along the Pond," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activity: "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "After-School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; "Snowshoeing 101," 6 p.m., Thursday; "Cross Country Ski Tour," 1 p.m., Saturday; and "Alien Invaders-Non-Native plants," 2 p.m., Saturday. . Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours or self-guided trails. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Ice Volcanoes," Evangola State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 5, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit adk-nfc.org.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Class: "River Academy," a stream science, watershed management, and riparian restoration class held on Thursday mornings at Erie Community College North Campus and Saturday mornings at the Riverkeeper office, Jan. 29-May 14, 2011. Call 852-7483.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Ice Skating at Rotary Rink," 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, call 852-3090; "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve-Hike, Snowshoe, or Cross Country Ski," 10 a.m., Thursday, call 208-6319; "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve-Snowshoe," 6-7 p.m., Thursday, call 646-5034; "Stiglmeier Park-Hike or Snowshoe," 11 a.m., Saturday, call 537-2121; "Amherst-Hike or Snowshoe," 5 p.m., Saturday, call 316-4388; "Hunters Creek Park-Hike or Snowshoe," 10:30 a.m., next Sunday, call 652-6190; and "Stiglmeier Park," 1:30 p.m., next Sunday, call 548-8039.

Paths, Peaks, and Paddles "Winter Camping Classes," Ken-Ton Phillips Sheridan Building, Kenmore, 6-9 p.m., starting Wednesday. For details, call 213-1350.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Lee's Landing Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike," 1 p.m., Saturday; "Winter Wonder Walk," 2:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Adventure Nature Ski Hike," 10 a.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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