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Outdoors notebook: Reinstein to host festival

Two Saturday events welcome participants to pre-autumn preparations and celebrations.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will present its 15th Annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew.

Education director Meaghan Boice-Green noted, “With interactive exhibits from more than 30 organizations, including many with live animals, the festival is a showcase of the best of Western New York’s environmental and nature community.”

Recycling will be a major focus. Many activities will involve reducing and reusing recyclable items. Kids will have activities to enjoy such as the Pond Exploration Zone and fly-fishing demos, and hands-on involvement with Lake Erie Federation of Fly Fishers will be present for kids and grown-ups.

Rain or shine, no registration required and visitors are asked for a $2 donation for Friends of Reinstein volunteer efforts. For more details on the festival, call 683-5959.

Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Riverkeeper co-host a Summer Shoreline Sweep from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cleanup efforts will be held at various sites around Western New York.

To locate sites and register as an individual or group, call Jarrett Steffen at 852-7483, Ext. 19; email:  jsteffen@bnriverkeeper.org; or visit bnriverkeeper.org/cleanup.

National Day

The last Saturday in September each year is designated as National Hunting and Fishing Day. Various groups in Western New York will hold demo/outings on Saturday, and some programs are set up for the weekend.

The most notable change for this year’s 43rd Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day will be in Region 8, where outings both days of that weekend will be held at Mumford Sportsmen’s Club, 8667 Gulf Road, about a mile west of Genesee Country Museum.

Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen volunteers set up exhibitor displays and other activities at this event. For details on the federation’s contributions, call Mark Osypian at (585) 301-2818.

Waterfowl permits

Waterfowl hunters need to apply for special permits to hunt opening weekend of duck season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management areas.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday. For entry details, visit the office at 1101 Casey Road in Basom or call (585) 226-2466.

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