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Outdoors notebook: Take just a peek at young wildlife

In passing, late spring is a great time to view emerging wildlife – flora, fauna and fishes. But Department of Environmental Conservation biologists remind wildlife watchers observing fawns and nature’s other young critters with this reasoned rhyme: “If you care, leave it there.”

Deer, in particular, are easily seen through the first half of June as fawns are left alone except when does are nursing.

DEC experts note, “The fawn’s protective coloration and ability to remain motionless all help it avoid detection by predators and people.”

So when seeing deer or other young wildlife it would be best to take a quick look, perhaps a photo and then go down the trail or waterway to observe other scenes and creatures.

For more information about young wildlife, go to

Summer on the fly

Ray Marks will hold a summer session of his popular Fly Fishing Class starting June 26 at Lake Shore Central Middle School. The six-week class meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., covering all aspects of fly fishing with an emphasis on our world class fishing here in Western New York.

For more details and registration information, check with Marks at 549-1977 or the Lake Shore Central School Community Education office at 926-2270.

Speakers set for rally

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and statewide chapters of SCOPE have announced the slate of speakers who will make presentations during the June 11 March on Albany Rally: Janine Pirro, former Westchester District Attorney; Dan Bondino, former Secret Service agent and Maryland senatorial candidate; Carl Paladino, former candidate for New York State governor; and talk show host and Assemblyman Bill Nojay.

All will discuss aspects of the New York SAFE Act. For bus departure sites in Western New York and across the state, go to

BassEye views

The 12th annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge is set for June 28 and 29, with the fishing competition held on Friday out of the NFTA Small Boat Harbor.

Each year this Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event raises funds to further Cystic Fibrosis studies and treatments, and it brings together an enjoyable group of angling experts and enthusiasts interested in trying to catch an abundance of Lake Erie’s bass and walleye on the same day’s outing.

For details on the Thursday evening dinner and auction and the Friday fishing foray, call 204-2535 or go to