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Outdoors Calendar for March 23


• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lockport, 7 p.m., Monday, call 434-7176.

• Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 771-0138.

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Godfrey’s Pond, Stafford, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.


• WNY 2014 3-D Winter League Shoot Off, West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., starting at 7 a.m., call Mike Cummings at 432-6035.

• Hawkeye Bowmen Wild Animal Shoot, 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 7 a.m.-noon, April 13. Three courses, breakfast and lunches served. Call 998-4857.

Shooting sports

• Wood & Brook Sportsmen’s Club, 13721 Genesee St., Crittenden, events: “Spring Skeet and Trap shooting” on Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, call Bob Cox at 542-2652; and “Chris Vendel Trap Shooting Clinic,” April 12 or 13. For details, call Jim Curtis at 685-2167.

• Allied Sportsmen Club Spring Trap League, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, begins April 1 and goes to June 10, shooting Tuesdays and Sundays. All shooters are welcome and all shooting sites are wheelchair accessible. The range offers three voice-activated houses and will soon have a fourth. For details, go to

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Spring Trap League, 12 County Line Road, begins April 4 and goes to June 14, shooting 6-9 p.m. Fridays, practice shooters welcome. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to


• Hawkeye Bowmen Home Study Hunter/Archery Class, 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 6-10 p.m., April 4 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April 5. Register in advance on line.


• Getzville Fire Co., 630 Dodge Road, Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday and April 1. Register at:

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., April 5 and 6. Call 655-2328 or 807-5116.

• Southtowns Walleye Association, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 5 and 12. Call 627-0147.


• Springville Field & Stream Home Study Course, 8900 Chase Road, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 5. Register in person at the Concord Town Hall.


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m., Tuesday; and “Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center at Amherst, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday; and VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. “Utah-Florida-Arizona Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center at Amherst, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr “NYS Pistol Permit Classes”: K&K Guns, Varysburg, 9 a.m., Saturday, call (585) 535-0248; and Genesee County SCOPE, Batavia, 6 p.m. April 3, call 778-9431.


• Buffalo Power Squadron “Public Safe Boating Course with Jet Ski Certification,” Daemen College, Duns Scotus Hall, Room 227, 4380 Main St., Amherst, a 5-week course held 6:45-9 p.m. starting Thursday. Call 675-6288 or email:

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “About Boating Safely Course,” McKinley Mall, Community Room, West Seneca, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 366-0899 or go to


• 12th Annual S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop “Outdoor Show and NYS Big Buck Scoring Day,” 455 S. Cascade Drive (Route 219), Springville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 592-2404.

• Fishermen’s Flea Market, Alexander Firemen’s Recreation Hall, 10708 Route 98, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call 440-0004 or (585) 591-0168.

• Sportsmen’s Show, Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept., Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Route 353, April 5 and 6. Call Jim Miller at 938-6928.

• N.Y. Sea Grant Annual State of Lake Erie Meeting, Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7-9 p.m., April 10. Call 645-3610 or email:


• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited Banquet and Fundraiser, Lucarelli’s Banquet Facility, Lackawanna, 6 p.m., Saturday. Call 826-4178.

• Niagara County Gobblers Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co., 3:30 p.m., March 30. Call Pam Lederhouse at 791-3151.

• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Annual Awards Banquet, Suzanne’s Fine Dining, Wheatfield, 5:30 p.m., April 5. Call 433-3547.

• 19th Annual Springville Strutters Banquet, St. Aloysius Church Hall, Springville, April 5. Call Jim Gamel at 592-2388.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Volunteer Tour Leaders Training-Cold-Blooded Critters and Amazing Adaptations,” 1-3 p.m., Wednesday; “Early Spring Birding with Naturalist Tom Kerr,” 10 a.m., Saturday; “Iroquois Observation Saturday Programs: Focus on - Caddisflies, 1-2 p.m., Eagle Watch at Cayuga Overlook, 1-4 p.m., Owl Prowl, 7 p.m., and Night Migrations, 8 p.m.; and “Bluebird of our Happiness,” 2-4 p.m., March 30. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “Nature Knowledge Trivia Night,” 7-9 p.m., Friday. Registration required unless noted as open. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “Frogwatch USA Volunteer Training,” 6:30 p.m., Wednesday; “After School Escape (for students in grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and “Incredible Insects,” 10 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: “Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for Early Spring Migrants,” 8 a.m., Saturday. Call 751-3637.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “Night Sounds,” Evangola State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, call 549-1050; and “Covering your Tracks!” Fort Niagara State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, call 285-0516.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Houghton Park/Buffalo River,” 4 p.m., Thursday, call 826-1939; and “Williamsville Escarpment to Glen Park,” 10:30 a.m., March 30, call 691-6750.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: “A Conservation Conversation on the Status of Lake Erie,” Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse, 1 Rotary Row, 8:30 a.m., April 5, admission $5, pre-registration required. For details, call 648-9027 or email: For all events and outings, visit

• Paths, Peaks & Paddles Event: “Let’s Explore the Alabama Swamps,” 7:30 a.m., March 23. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Big Wheels Bicycle Club Open House, Zion United Church of Christ, Koenig Circle and Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, 1-3 p.m., April 5. Call 625-8308 or 689-3741 or go to

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: “Penn Dixie Exhibit at Union Pleasant Elementary School Science Fair in Hamburg,” 7-8:30 p.m., Friday; “Penn Dixie Exhibit at the Town of Evans 2014 Environmental Fair,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; and “Astronomy Night at Penn Dixie Site,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Fiddler’s Elbow Trek,” 10 a.m., Wednesday; “Dehgayasoh Valley Trek,” 10 a.m., March 30; and “Indoor Ed-Venture-Moss and Lichens,” 2:30 p.m., March 30. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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