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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Platt Street VFW, Albion, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809.

Federated Sportsmen's Clubs of Cattaraugus County, County Fairgrounds, Little Valley, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 532-5082.

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, Nike Base Community Center, Grand Island, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Go to

Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410, Lockport, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call (585) 733-5968.

Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd. (Route 20), Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Speakers: Fred Willig and Mike Grabecki with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Call 208-8048.

Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, American Legion Post No. 735, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 549-1977 or 675-4766.

Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, Southgate Plaza, Community Room, West Seneca, 7 p.m., Thursday, call 825-4174, 655-4665 or 846-5448.



Niagara Region 3-D Winter League Results: Expert Hunter Team -- first place, Two Minute Warning, second place, Active I; Hunter Team -- first place, ECC 2, second place, Allied I. Top Gun Shooters (individuals): Expert Hunter -- first place, Adam Teijeira; Hunter, first place, Todd Van Sickle; Youth, first place, Alex Handley, second place, Mike Handley; and Cub, first place, Zach Di Joseph.


Shooting sports

North Forest Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shoot 'N Hoot, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, 2 p.m., Saturday, for adult and junior ladies (ages 12-17). Payment and registration due by Tuesday. Call 439-1464 or email:

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Polaris Club at Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, Pendleton, 9 a.m.-noon, May 20. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).


>Certification classes


Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.



Little Ridge Archery (Alvord's), 8862 Ridge Road, Gasport, 6-10 p.m., May 21, 23 and 25. Call 722-7598, 1-8 p.m.

Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Route 310, Stockton, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 26. Call 595-3917 after 1 p.m. or register in person at the Shurfine in Cassadaga.



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. Utah/Arizona/Florida Pistol Permit Classes: Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 6-9 p.m., May 21 and 22, call 693-4000; and Middleport Rod & Gun Club, 6-9 p.m., May 23 and 24, call 778-9431.

S&S Taxidermy Pistol Permit Class, Route 219, Springville, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, $55 per person, register at class. Call 592-2404.

Firearms Training of Western New York "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Seneca Allegany Events Center, Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, 8:30 a.m., May 20. Call 903-2558 or go to



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., Saturday. Call 773-3271.

NYS Safe Boating Personal Watercraft Class, Niagara Scuba Center, 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 20. Call 316-8259.



Smith Boys Seminars, 280 Michigan St., Tonawanda Island, "How to Tie Up Your Boat," 9-11 a.m., Saturday; and "Boating on Rivers, Lakes and Locks," 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call Tom Shuell (283-0457).



Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum 2012 Annual Banquet and Auction, Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club, Roscoe, 5:30 p.m., May 26. Call (845) 439-4810 or email:



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Walk with the Director -- Loren Smith," 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday; "Birding at Riverside Park," 8:30 a.m., Saturday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Sunday Family Walk," 2 p.m., May 20, and the Mid-May Birdathon begins May 20, call for details. 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 Nuts: Tree-rific Trees (for ages 6-8)," 4-5 p.m., Wednesday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Birds of Prey (for families)," 7:30-9 p.m., Friday; and "May Marsh Walk -- A Friends of Tifft Event," 2-4 p.m., May 20. For all TNP programs and registration, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Early Bird Walk," 8:30 a.m., Monday; "Natural History for Teachers," 9:30 a.m., Saturday; and "Evening Bird Walk (for adults and children ages 8 and older)," 6 p.m., May 20. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Niagara Bike Ride," Devil's Hole State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. For details and registration, call 282-5154; and "Little Beaver Island Reborn," Beaver Island State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, May 20. For information and registration, call 549-1050.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Courses: "Easy to Difficult," Emery Park, South Wales, Registration, 10-11:45 a.m., and start times, 11 a.m.-noon, May 20, for all ages and abilities. Call 652-6179 or go to

Buffalo Geological Society Event: "Exclusive Fossil and Mineral Sale," 3767 South Park Ave., Blasdell, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 20. Call 825-2361 or go to

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Major's Park/Sinking Ponds in East Aurora Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 655-0699; "Wednesday Night Mini-Amherst Canalway," 6:30 p.m., call 832-1921; and "Zoar Valley," 9:30 a.m., May 20, call 254-4285.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Dinosaurs CSI," by PaleoJoe, Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Friday; and "Dig with the Experts and Special Events Day at Penn Dixie Site," 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: "Monday Evening Paddle on the Buffalo River," 6 p.m.; "Introduction to Kayaking Class," Lancaster Central School, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday; "Annual Demo Days," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and May 20. Call 213-0350 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Morning Bird Walk," 8 a.m., Thursday; "Wildflower Walk -- East of Lee's Landing," 1 p.m., Thursday; "Fire on the Genesee -- Civil War Encampment," 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday and May 20; and "Bird Tour," 6 a.m., May 20. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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