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Meetings

• Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace streets, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Call 834-8935.

• Niagara Musky Association, The Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Jan. 5. Call 225-3816.

• New York Walleye Association, American Legion Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5. Call 875-8148.

• WNY Chapter of Safari Club Int., Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m. Jan. 7.

Archery

• WNY 2015 Winter League, four sites, begins Jan. 4 at Collins Conservation Club, walk-in shooters always welcome. Call 337-0126.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, shooting every other Sunday, Jan. 11 to a league banquet on March 22. For all details, call Phil Williams at 553-7445.

Shooting Sports

• North Forest Rod & Gun Club Five Stand Winter League, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, shooting Wednesdays and Sundays. For details, call 628-1375 or 438-2009.

• Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 3434 Hickox Road, new shooters and teams welcome. Open shooting, 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., weekends. The club also offers options for skeet shooting, sporting clays and an indoor pistol range. For more details, call Jerry McShane at 992-3480.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, Jan. 11 to March 22, shooting every other Sunday. For more information, call Tom Ess at 937-6612.

• WNY Practical Pistol League December Match Results: Overall, Josko Kovic; Production, Dennis Beck; Limited 10, Jeff Jackling; Open, Josko Kovic; Single Stack, Derek Zmozynski; and Revolver, Alva English.

•Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club Annual New Years Day Hangover Sporting Clays Shoot, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda, sign-ups at 9 a.m., shooting at 10 a.m., Jan. 1. Call 692-2161.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.

Hunter/gun

• LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, Jan. 4, 5, 11 & 12. Register at first class.

Pistol

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna Class: “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 9 a.m., Monday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class”, Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 6. “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class”, Northtown Center, Williamsville, 5:45-9:45 p.m. Jan. 15. Call 903-2558 or visit info@ftwny.com.

Snowmobile safety

• Holland Willows Restaurant, 177 Savage Road, Holland. Lunch provided, must pre-register. Call 537-9578.

Shows/seminars

• Niagara Frontier Gun Shows: J.W. Jones Hall, Caledonia, Jan. 17-18; and Newstead Fire Hall, 591 Cummings Road, Akron, Jan. 24-25, 85 tables, $5 admission. For exhibitor information and show details, visit nfgshows.com.

• Erie County Trappers Association Fur Handling Seminar, Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 10. Call 532-2457 or 337-2556.

Banquets/fundraisers

• Southtowns Walleye Association New & Used Fishing and Hunting Equipment Flea Market, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan, 17. Free parking and admission, market tables $20, no guns or ammo sales. For exhibitor details, call 465-6100.

Hiking/nature

• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Junior Audubon Club Christmas Bird County (for Middle and High School Students),” 7 a.m. Saturday; and “Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Tree Tales,” 9 a.m. Saturday. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to buffaloaudubon.org.

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp (for ages 3-5),” 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday; “Winter Solstice Walk,” 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday; and “Tifft Trek-Guided Tour of the Preserve,” 2-4 p.m. Dec. 21. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, Programs: “After School Escape (for grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m. Thursday; and “Solstice Snowshoe Walk-Enjoying the First Day of Winter,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Long Point Cross Country Ski,” Long Point State Park, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 28. Call 549-1050.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Reinstein Woods Saunter-Hike or Snowshoe,” 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 683-2414; “Houghton Park/Buffalo,” 10 a.m. Wednesday, call 826-1939; “Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve-Hike, Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski,” 10 a.m. Thursday, call 208-6319; “Lockport Nature Trail-Hike or Snowshoe,” 10 a.m. Saturday, call 912-0370; and “Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area-Hike, Snowshoe, or Cross Country Ski,” 10 a.m. Dec. 21, call (585) 365-5807.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Dec. 14 Christmas Bird Count Sites: Beaver Meadow, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, call (585) 457-3228; and Wilson-Lake Plains, Saturday, call 491-4408.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and/or Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site,” 10 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration required. Call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “40th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count,” all day, Saturday; and “Crepuscular Series-Equinox Sunset,” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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