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Outdoors notebook: Beaver Meadow turns 40

Buffalo Audubon Society acquired vast North Java acreage in 1952 called Beaver Meadow, but it was a building project begun in 1973 that resulted in the popular and highly functional Fred T. Hall Nature Center. That project was completed and dedicated in June of 1975.

The nature center has presented hundreds of programs to thousands of visitors since that dedication, and an expansion project in the 1990s resulted in its current 8,000-square-foot layout.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the center, a Beaver Meadow Bash will be held from 2 p.m. until sunset on June 14.

For complete details, call the center at (585) 457-3228 or visit

Pond stocking

Landowners with ponds have an opportunity to start or upgrade a stocking program of either warm- or cold-water fish species available through the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2015 Pond Fish Stocking Program. Orders will be accepted until Saturday for distribution on June 18 at the district office in East Aurora.

ECS&WCD provides fish-management suggestions, species info and fish-stocking license applications for area pond owners. For details, call the district at 652-8480 or visit and click on Ponds.

Food plotting

Planting grounds are heating up and food-plot growers are busy preparing soils so the intended emerging crops beat weeds to soak up the sunlight. Paul Cwiklinski of Whitetail Food Plots USA has become an expert in preparing plots on the largest of acreage and on the smallest of sites.

Cwiklinski will provide a presentation at Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The presentation includes the many aspects of timing, setting up and maintaining productive plots that attract game birds, animals and wildlife to your property. Visit

Great Lakes experience

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Great Lakes Experience Festival goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk.

This free event features environmental exhibits, music, family entertainment, food vendors and other outdoors activities related to Great Lakes waters. For more details, visit

Angler outreach

The Lake Erie-Upper Niagara River Angler Outreach Event at Woodlawn Beach State Park Lodge featured several presentations on fisheries and waterway programs.

New and noteworthy this year is a Lake Erie Walleye Movement Study now in place for 2015. Jason Robinson, Department of Environmental Conservation Lake Erie Unit biologist, explained how the DEC and other fisheries agencies around the lake have set up a an Acoustic Telemetry Program, with receivers placed at key locations on the lake bottom and fish implanted with belly transmitters that will allow the receivers to record fish movement in and out of the lake’s New York State Eastern Basin.

Walleye with these belly receivers have a tag attached near top fins and the DEC will pay $100 to anglers who return the fish and transmission devices. The system will also record lake sturgeon and lake trout.

Other fisheries presentations at this outreach event will be discussed in future Fishing Line columns.