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Outdoors notebook: Earth Day events and more

Friday is the official Earth Day, but area groups have planned events through the weekend to celebrate efforts to promote and perform environmental awareness and good deeds each April 22 since its inception in 1970.

Area organizations have scheduled events that reach and teach the environment and what we can do to further conservation efforts on this day and throughout the year.

Tifft Nature Preserve at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., holds its “Earth and Moon Hike” (for ages 5 and older) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. A “Tifft Shoreline Sweep” (for ages 8 and older) goes from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday. To register for these and all TNP programs, call 825-6397 (ext. 338) or visit

The Penn Dixie Site in Blasdell is where Wild Birds Unlimited will conduct a cleanup and repairs project starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteer helpers will be admitted free. The site will be open to visitors all weekend. For more details, call 627-4560 or visit

Birds of prey have their days at Braddock Bay Lodge Friday to Sunday. Braddock Bay Raptor Research celebrates its 30th year with an evening celebration reception in the lodge at Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road in Rochester at 7 p.m. Friday.

Feature presentations begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, including exhibited talks, informative walks and banding demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Youths have a coloring contest, can do eagle origami and can be banded at a Band-a-Kid-Station. For more details on the banquet and raptor days, visit

Klock off the clock

After 42 and a half years of fish and wildlife technical services, senior technologist Gary Klock of Clarksville has left the Deapartment of Environmental Conservation office at Allegany.

Many a story and tribute to Klock’s work ethic were shared during an enjoyable luncheon gathering of friends, family and current and former co-workers in Allegany.

Presenters such as Emilio Rende and Mike Ermer marveled at how Klock could tend to Hanging Bog open plots; deer, bear and turkey programs; and get to all other tasks effectively and with good cheer.

Youth turkey contest

The Cabela’s store in Cheektowaga will hold a Youth Spring Turkey Weigh-In Contest during the youth spring turkey open season this coming weekend.

Weigh-in times in the store at 2003 Walden Ave. are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The youth with the top weight will receive a $250 Cabela’s gift certificate. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by length of beard and spurs. For more details, check with Don Ashworth at 608-4747.

Wave training

The DEC is looking for volunteers interested in training for stream and river water quality assessments across the state. A WAVE (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) training session is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at Alfred State University in Allegany County.

For session and registration details, check with Alene Onion at (518) 402-8166 or email: