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Outdoors notebook: Reinstein provides outdoors experience

One wonderful way to ward off winter blahs would be to drop by Reinstein Woods Nature preserve Saturday afternoon for a “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” event.

Outdoors activities, set for 1 to 4 p.m., include trying snowshoes and cross-country skis, a kids’ scavenger hunt, an ice-fishing demonstration, a kids’ snowball-throwing and snow-art area, and other activities. Indoors, refreshments will be available and interesting presentations will be offered.

The event is a joint effort of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Friends of Reinstein Woods. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. For more details, call 683-5959.

Waters workshop

The DEC and NY Sea Grant will host a Great Lakes Action Agenda Workshop to seek input on setting priorities for watershed health in the Great Lakes region in general and lakes Erie and Ontario in particular.

The workshop will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County at 21 Grove St. in East Aurora from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free but attendees must register in advance with Sea Grant at (315) 312-3042 or email: sgosw3go@cornell.edu.

The Great Lakes Action Agenda can be viewed on the NYSDEC website.

Syrupy seminar

One nice sign of spring comes with discussions of maple syrup collecting. Buffalo Audubon Society partners with Sunny Hill Farm to host a “Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop” starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java.

Expert Norm Ameis will show all lured by a maple tree’s sweet spring liquids the dos and dont’s of turning sap into syrup. Advanced registration is required.

For workshop details, call (585) 457-3228 or email:

info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Trapper tribute

Gordon “Gordy” Berndt, 83, of Victor has been inducted into the National Trappers Association Hall of Fame. A founding member of the Genesee Valley Trappers Association more than 50 years ago, Berndt served as president of the NYS Trappers Association in the 1970s.

He continues as a director with NYSTA, as a mainstay at GVTA auctions and club gatherings, actively works traps and mentors young and novice trappers.

email: odrswill@gmail.com