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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Niagara’s Conservation Federation announces winners

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs announced its 2016 winners for all of it memorial awards. Unlike other Federations, Niagara County names its winners before the annual banquet to encourage more people to attend. If people knew who the winners are, there’s a better chance that family and friends will come out and celebrate with the award recipients. And the winners are:

  • Leroy Winn Award (Club of the Year) – Niagara Musky Association;
  • Oliver Jones Award(Sportsperson of the Year) – Charlie Porter, Three-F Club, Lewiston;
  • Carl Lass Award (Youth person or program) – Three-F Junior Club;
  • Milford “Pinky” Robinson Award (Great Lakes Fisheries) – Mike Johnannes with the Wilson Conservation Club;
  • James Reed/Donald Meyer Award (Firearms Hunter Safety) – Richard Beutel, North Forest Rod and Gun;
  • Steve Fountain/Archie Lowery Award (Archery Hunter Safety) – Ed Wartko of Tonawanda;
  • Ken Berner Award (person or family dedicated to conservation) – Beverly Eiler, Wilson Conservation Auxiliary;
  • John Daly Award (Legislator of the Year) – Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda, Senator 62nd
  • Victor Fitchlee Award (Lifetime Achievement) – ECO Roger Thompson;
  • John Long, Sr. Award (Business of the Year) – The Boat Doctors, Olcott;
  • President’s Award (from Dave Kern) – Robert Spencer, Hartland Conservation Club;
  • Don Bronson Memorial Wall of Fame – The late Ken Sprenger of North Tonawanda, former outdoor writer and Federation president.

The dinner is set for April 8 at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by March 31 by calling Dave Whitt at 754-2133. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for youth. Seating is limited.

Buffalo Harbor speed limit petition/comments

Many boaters are now aware of the U.S. Coast Guard enforcing local law of 10 miles per hour speed limit in the outer portion of Buffalo Harbor and 6 miles per hour limit in the inner harbor. While the laws have been on the books for some time, increased non-motorized personal watercraft usage like paddle boats, kayaks and the like have helped push the enforcement issue. The public is now being solicited for input on the speed limits. Surveys are now available and should be filled out by April 1. The survey link is

Children in the Stream Conference June 27-29

Fishing is the answer to a lot of people’s questions. If it’s not, it should be. It should come as no surprise that fly fishing is being used as a foundation for investigating science, math, English language arts, visual arts and community outreach through a “Children of the Stream” program. This unique interdisciplinary approach will be under the tutelage of Dr. Mike Jabot and Alberto Rey. “Children in the Stream” is the brainchild of Rey, a program he has been involved with for 18 years molding the anglers of tomorrow. He took that educational idea and expanded it into a conference to educate school teachers and other adult mentors interested in starting a youth fly fishing program. Cost for the three-day conference is $350 and it will be held June 27-29 at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown. Registration includes instruction in the classroom and in the field; fly rod outfits, fly tying kits and publications. For information on the program visit

2 the Outdoors Forum features primates

The ninth 2 The Outdoors Environmental Forum, focusing on the theme “Primates: Species on the Brink?”  is set for March 29th at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. The evening will address the serious issues facing primates in the wild. Speakers for the presentation include Carmen Presti of the Primate Sanctuary; Kayla Woodard with the Buffalo Zoo; and Susan Margulis with Canisius College. The presenters will take an in-depth look at the causes of primate declines and how people can help to make a difference. The event is free to the public. For more information contact Terry Belke at 548-7659 or email him at


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