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Outdoors notebook: Fishing, hunting legislation considered

Five states have introduced rights to fish and hunt amendments to their constitutions so far in 2015, and earlier this month Canada brought to its parliament Bill C-655 to protect citizens “lawfully hunting, fishing, sport shooting and trapping.”

Along with Oregon, Indiana, Kansas, Texas and Michigan, New York has previously brought bills to the senate floor in relation to the right to hunt, trap and fish.

Previously, Sen. James L. Seward (R-Oneonta) had sponsored this bill proposal for nearly a decade. Currently, Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) has seen merit in the proposal, has taken up sponsorship of the bill and is seeking public input – support and opposition – to this proposal.

In Canada, the proposal has the backing of the Outdoor Caucus Association of Canada, which includes members of Parliament and senators from all political parties.

Constitutional amendments have been previously approved in Minnesota, Virginia, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Montana, Georgia and Oklahoma since 1998.

Vermont also included this protection in its constitution in 1777.

To offer comments to Gallivan on this proposal, email: gallivan@nysenate.gov.

Volunteer training

Three groups offer training sessions for those interested in leading outdoors educational programs.

• Buffalo Audubon Society’s Beaver Meadow Center at 1610 Welch Road in North Java will hold a “Volunteer Training-How to Lead a Tour” session from 9:30 to noon Wednesday. The Audubon Society volunteer team works with children of all ages.

To register, call (585) 457-3228.

• Tifft Nature Preserve at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., presents its “Stewardship Saturdays” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the preserve for ages 12 and older. Volunteers help with the preserve’s outdoor projects.

To register, call 825-6297.

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew invites citizen scientists to participate in its Frog Watch USA Volunteer Training at 6:30 p.m. on March 31. It’s a program to monitor frogs and toads at the preserve.

To register, call 683-5959.

email: odrswill@gmail.com.