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Outdoors calendar (Week of May 8)


• Cattaraugus County Chapter of SCOPE, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call 968-2720 or 373-3322.

• Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post No. 4635, 38 North Platt St., Albion, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 798-1718.

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 7 p.m.,Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

• Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, Wilson Conservation Club, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 791-4628 or (585) 733-59618.

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie’s Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

• Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 771-0138 or visit

• Allied Sportsmen’s Club, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 937-2615.

• Erie County Chapter of Bassmasters, Doc Sullivan’s Bar, 474 Abbott Road, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Email:

• Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m. Thursday. Capt. Joe Fonzi of Thumbs Up Charters will discuss “Techniques for June Walleyes in Buffalo Harbor.” Call 636-0519.

• Wyoming County Chapter of SCOPE, Social Services Bldg., 5342 Doody St., Warsaw, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 866-1398.

Shooting sports

• Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shooting Day, Hickox Road, noon-3:30 p.m. June 5. A $30 fee includes lunch, range instruction, and a round of trap/skeet with shells. Call 864-7677 or 881-2067.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification class dates and for classes nearest your location, go to Area certification instructors registering students for instruction can post details of those classes with an email to:


• Jim Carr Class, “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Rapids Fire Hall, 719 Plank Road, Lockport, 6 p.m. Tuesday. To preregister, call 778-9431 or visit

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit,” American Legion Cadille Post, Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Call 903-2558 or visit


• US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “Boating and Jet Ski Safety Class,” Community Room, McKinley Mall, West Seneca, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. Call 725-9669 or email: For additional classes, visit


• New York Forest Owners Association, Niagara Frontier Chapter, “Woods Walk at Tifft Nature Preserve,” 10 a.m. Saturday for all members and perspective members. Meet at main parking lot. Call 795-3305.


• Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Cheektowaga, 5:30 p.m. May 26. Margaret Wooster of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will discuss “Riparian Corridors”, tickets are $30; reservations must be made by Monday. Call 532-6022 or visit


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Two Volunteer Training Sessions: ‘How to Participate in an Audubon Day’ at 9:30-noon on Wednesday and ‘Grandpa Tree’ 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday. Call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Birding for Dummies (for adults),” 2-3 p.m. Saturday; and “Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp (for ages 3-5), 9:30-11:30 a.m.,May 16. Call 825-6397 (ext. 338) or visit

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, Programs: “Warbler Walk,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday; and “Poisonous Plants in your Own Back Yard,” 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 683-5959 or visit

• NYS Parks Niagara Region Interpretive Programs “From Warblers to Wright,” Darwin Martin House, 10 a.m.-noon, SaturdayC. all 549-1050; and “Basics of Birding,” DeVeaux Woods State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “ Joe Panza Trail (in Alden) Saunter,” 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 651-9877; and “Chestnut Ridge Park Evening Hike,” 6:15 p.m., Thursday, call 548-1401. For all Foothills events, visit

• Paths, Peaks & Paddles Programs: “National River Cleanup – Ellicott Creek,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; and “Introduction to Kayaking,” 9 a.m.-noon May 15. For more details, call 213-0350 or email:

• Wild Spirit Education Public Program: “Nature Photography – Two Sessions,” Griffith Institute High School, 290 North Buffalo St., Springville, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday. To sign up, visit

• Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Event: “Astronomy Program – Mars, Jupiter, and Leo the Lion Sightings,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 627-4560 or visit

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Morning Bird Walk – Great Bend Gorge,” 8 a.m. Thursday; and “Greenway Hike-Quaker Road to Lehigh Valley Trail,” 10 a.m. Saturday. Call (585) 493-3625.