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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 8 p.m., Monday.

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

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie's Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 691-0339.

Erie County Bassmasters, Nowak's Bar, 1458 Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 897-1220.

Allied Sportsmen Club, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-3615.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. A LOTSA Captains' Roundtable. Call 636-0519 or go to



NYS 2012 3-D Archery Challenge Second Leg, Seneca Lake Duck Hunters, 2188 Route 14, Penn Yan, Saturday and May 13. For registration details, call (315) 374-2016.

Youth Archery Camp, West Falls Conservation Society, Aug. 3-5. May 24 is application deadline. Call Jerold Lewandowski (655-9131).

Extreme Cross-Country Challenge (3-D Archery Shoot), Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 2-3. Call Glen Gawron (992-2002).


>Shooting sports

North Forest Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shoot N Hoot, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, 2 p.m., May 19, adults, $25 and Junior Ladies (ages 12-17), $20. Payment and registration due by May 15. For details, call 439-1464 or email:


>Certification classes


Holland Rod & Gun Club, Route 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday and May 19. Call 692-7660.

Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., May 14, 16 and 18. Call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.



Clymer Conservation Club, Route 474, 8. a.m.-4 p.m., May 17. Register in person at the club on May 10, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.



Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class" (for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties): VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: "Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Class," 9 a.m., Thursday; and "Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Middleport Rod & Gun Club, 5:30 p.m., May 15. Call 778-9431.



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

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary "Flotilla 33 ABS Boating Class Course," Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email:

Beaver Island State Park "Boater Safety Class," clubhouse, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 19. Call 773-3271.



Smith Boys Seminars, 280 Michigan St., Tonawanda Island, "How to Use a Chart," 9-11 a.m., Saturday; and "Mariner's Compass," 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call Tom Shuell (283-0457).

Buffalo Public Library Free Lunchtime Friday Series, 11 Lafayette Square, noon-1 p.m., Friday, Mike Todd, Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries Biologist will discuss "Management and Fishing in WNY."

Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, 8 a.m., Saturday and 10 a.m., May 13. Call 276-7200.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., today. Call 542-9929.

Kinzua Allegheny Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors Event, Chapman State Park, Clarendon, Pa., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 2, includes 27 activity options. Registration deadline May 23. For details, call Jessica Arnold at (814) 436-1048 or email:



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Junior Audubon Club (for Middle and High School Students)," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; "Brownie Girl Scout Workshop -- Watching Wildlife (Birding)," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; "Hunter's Creek Hike with John Sly," 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walk," 2 p.m., May 13. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Nature's Circle: Funtastic Flowers (for ages 2-3)," 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop (an early childhood program for ages 3-7)," 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; "Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Professional Development Workshop," noon-4 p.m., Saturday; and "Trek Tifft," 2-3:30 p.m., May 13. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Avian Arrivals-Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Early Bird Walk (for adults and children ages 8 and older," 9 a.m., May 13. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs "International Bird Migration Day," Lake Erie State Park, 9-11 a.m., Saturday. For details and registration, call 549-1050; and "War of 1812, Earl W. Bridges Artpark State Park," 2-4 p.m., Saturday. For information and registration, call 282-5154.

Erie County Senior Services University Express free "Birding 101 Classes," (designed for people over age 55); first class at Clarence Senior Center, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. For details, call 633-5138. To volunteer as an instructor, call Pat Dowling (858-7548).

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Erie Basin Marina Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 875-9475; "Wednesday Night Mini-Hike -- Ellicott Creek Hiking Path," 6:30 p.m., call 835-9728; and "Evening Riverwalk -- River Road, Tonawanda," 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 833-3851.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge at Penn Dixie Site," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Astronomy Night," 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: "National River Clean-Up: Ellicott Creek," 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call 213-0350 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Morning Bird Walk -- Chestnut Lawn," 8 a.m., Thursday; "Wildflower Walk -- Upper and Middle Falls Area," 1 p.m., Thursday; "Crepuscular Walk -- Owl Prowl," 7:30 p.m., Saturday; "Springtime Walk -- Lower Falls Trail," 10 a.m., May 13; and "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Waves of Warblers," 2 p.m., May 13. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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