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Open house on schedule at Iroquois

A day-long series of outdoor tours, presentations and exhibits will be open to all visitors at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge during an open house at refuge headquarters on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., events such as guided bus/van tours, guided walks, and craft activities for youngsters will offer all a hands-on view and involvement in wildlife around the nearly 11,000 acres of lands and wetlands.

Along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other presenters and exhibitors include Buffalo Audubon's Iroquois Observations program, N.Y. Bluebird Society, Institute for Environmental Learning, Niagara Frontier Region of NYS Parks, Roy-Hart Middle School environmental program, Niagara County Trappers, Ducks Unlimited, Friends of the Iroquois Reserve, and many other expert nature and wildlife demonstrators.

Exhibits will be on display around the office grounds at 1101 Casey Road in Basom. For more details on the event, additional activities that day, spring and summer open hours, and refuge outing opportunities, call (585) 948-5445.

> State of Lake program set

Holidays and proposed bait regulations have delayed the annual State of Lake Erie presentation, but most speakers are on board and fishery facts will sail on May 12, according to coordinator Helen Domske with the New York Sea Grant office.

Department of Environmental Conservation officials will further describe proposed baitfish transport regulations changes and fisheries biologists will discuss cold- and warm-water fisheries features and projects. For more details on this program, call the Sea Grant office at 645-3610.

> Big shooter

Ashley Butcher, 16, of Lockport has yet to weigh in at 100 pounds, but she was a big shot in a Scholastic Clay Target Program Spring Duce Sporting Clays Shoot at Rochester Brooks April 16 and 17.

Competing as a member of the North Forest Rod & Gun Club team, Ashley took first place in the Ladies Division and finished second in the D Class shoot.

The shoot drew about 225 entrants from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and a large contingent from Canada. "The extreme winds made it very difficult for everyone, but I was extremely proud of Ashley and all the kids," wrote North Forest team coach Doug Thompson.

> Big shoot

When the Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited puts on a shoot, the sporting event always offers diversity and fun.

The organization's Sporting Clays and Fun Shoot to be held at the clubhouse and grounds of Hamburg Rod & Gun Club on Hickox Road on Saturday will include a variety of sporting clays targets plus a quail walk and an assortment of other shooting games. Lunch is included in registration for the shoot, which goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more details, check with George Rockey at 674-3075.

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