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Outdoor calendar for April 27


• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, American Legion Post No. 1626, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. No pre-meeting fly-tying session this month, reports on upcoming events and stream project. Call 684-9523.

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Oatka Fish and Game Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.


• The 2014 Niagara Frontier Summer 3-D League begins May 6 at the 3-F Club, shooting Tuesdays with registrations 2:30-6:30 p.m. each session. Team and individual shooters participate each week. Walk-ons welcome. For registration and sites details, check with Charles Burt at 417-2544.

Shooting sports

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Spring/Summer Informal Air Pistol League, 12 County Line Road, begins May 6, shooting Tuesdays to July 22, first relay at 7:15 p.m., second at 8:30 p.m.. For more details, call 656-0350.

Certification classes

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


• Wolcottsville Sportsman Club, Ditch Road, Akron, 6-9:30 p.m., May 13 and 14. Register on line or at first class. For details, call Dave Lavery at 735-3343 evenings.


• Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 5:30-9:30 p.m., May 5, 7 and 9. Pre-register on the Internet.

• Holland Rod & Gun Club, Route 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 10 and 17. Call 692-7660.


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “Eight-Hour–Annual In-Service Class, 9 a.m., Wednesday; “16-Hour On the Job Training Class,” begins at 9 a.m. Thursday; and “New York State Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” American Legion Cadille Post, Dunkirk, 6-9 p.m., May 7 and Northtown Center, Amherst, 6-9 p.m., May 8. “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Classes,” RKP Sporting Goods, 2830 State Route 29, Dolgeville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday and Holiday Inn Johnstown-Gloversville, 308 North Comrie Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 4. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Class: “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., May 10. Call 693-4000.


• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “About Boating Safety Course,” Dunkirk area, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., May 10. Call 366-0899 or go to


• Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, free Saturday lessons on fly fishing gear and techniques. For registration details, call 276-7200.

• Niagara Frontier Gun Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, May 3 and 4. Allegany County, Erie County and Cattaraugus County pistol permit departments will be in attendance both days. Go to


• Buffalo Audubon Society 105th Annual Dinner and Business Meeting, Acqua Restaurant 2192 Niagara St., 6 p.m., Friday. Call (585) 457-3228.

• Buffalo Geological Society Annual Banquet and Installation, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Friday. Call 656-8475.

• WNY Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 24th Annual Fundraising Banquet, West Valley Fire Hall, Route 240. 4 p.m., May 3. Call Bernice Raab at 699-2525.

• David Depietro Sportsmen’s Fundraiser, North Java Fire Hall, 878 Route 20A, Strykersville, 1-5 p.m., May 5. Call 866-1398.

• Southtowns Walleye Association BW’s Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, eat in or take-out, 4-7 p.m., May 10. Call 649-8202.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Flowers First of the Year,” 9 a.m., Saturday; “Iroquois Observation Saturday Programs: “Birding Walk on the Onondaga Trails” at 8 a.m.; “Focus on-Birding Program” at 1 p.m.; and “Night Migrations,” at 8 p.m.; and “Dusk Observatory at Beaver Meadow,” Saturday. 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; “Chicks, Kits and Pollywogs,” 1-3:30 p.m., Saturday, for all ages; and “Trek Tifft, 2-3:30 p.m., May 46. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “Trail Tuesdays,” 6:30-730 p.m.; “After School Escape (for students grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Earth Day in May,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “I Love MY Park” day will be celebrated Saturday at four state parks: Evangola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., call 549-1050; Golden Hill State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., call 795-3885; Whirlpool State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, call 285-0516; and Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 285-0516.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Williamsville Escarpment Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 691-6750; “Evening Riverwalk,” 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 833-3851; “Rails to Trails: Chautauqua, NY – Laurie Baer & Alison Well Ney Trails,” 8:30 a.m., Saturday, call 866-1233; and “Zoar Valley,” 9:30 a.m., May 4, call 254-4285; “Houghton Park/Buffalo River,” 4 p.m., Thursday, call 826-1939; and “Ellicott Creek Island Park,” 10 a.m., April 27, call 548-8039.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society event: “Braddock Bay Trip, for Spring Hawk Flight and Migrating Songbirds,” 7:30 a.m., April 27. For details, call David Gordon at 390-1429.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: “Spring Bird Walk at Penn Dixie with Mike Morgante,” 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Astronomy Night at Penn Dixie,” 6:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Morning Bird Walk-Bluebird Trail,” 8 a.m., Thursday; “Wildflower Walk-Featuring Fiddleheads,” 1 p.m., Thursday; “Mushroom and Moss Walk-Silver Lake Outlet Woods,” 10 a.m., Tuesday; “Morning Bird Walk-Trestle Woods,” 8 a.m., Thursday; “Wildflower Walk-May Day in Arbutus Woods,” 1 p.m., Thursday; “I Love My Park Day,” 8 a.m., Saturday; and “Springtime Walk-Birch Trail,” 1 p.m., May 4. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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