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Outdoors Calendar

Jan. 17 – 2 the Outdoor Environmental Forum No. 12 focusing on Animal Communication. The three-person forum will be held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Contact Terry Belke at for more info. Free.

Jan. 18 – Southtowns Walleye Association monthly meeting at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 – Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International will hold its monthly meeting at the American Legion Post 735, Legion Dr., West Senec, 6 p.m. with fly tying, 7 p.m.  for the business portion. Guest speaker with will Drew Nisbet of Clarence, Fishing Manager with Orvis Buffalo.

Jan. 19-21 – Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 100 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Visit for more information. Admission is $10 for the day, a weekend pass is $20.

Jan. 20 – Evangola State Park snowshoe adventure from 10 a.m. to noon (snowshoes provided). Call 549-1050 to preregister.

Jan. 20 – Nature signs with Buffalo Audubon’s Mark Carra at Beaver Meadow in North Java. Preregistration required. Call 585-457-3228.

Jan. 20 – Junior Audubon Club Birding at the Zoo with naturalist Tom Kerr for kids ages 6 to 12. Preregister at 585-457-3228.

Jan. 20-21 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron opening at 9 a.m. each day. Visit for more information.

Jan. 21 – Snowshoe Walk at Knox Farm State Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Preregistration required at 585-457-3228. Snowshoe rental fee is $3.

Jan. 25 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting,  7 p.m. at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma.

Jan. 27 – Evangola State Park cross-country ski from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact 549-1050 to preregister.

Jan. 27 – Beginner birding with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr at Unity Island, Buffalo from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 585-457-3228 to preregister.

Jan. 27 – Winter Tree Identification with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Mark Carra at Beaver Meadow, N. Java. Call 585-457-3228 to preregister.

Jan. 28 – Snowshoeing and Cocoa at the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info or to register call 549-1050.

Jan. 30 – Introduction to Fly Fishing Course at West Seneca East Middle School, West Seneca from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through March 13. Course is through West Seneca Continuing/Community Education and hosted by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International. Call 982-9468 for more information.

Jan. 30 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board meeting at the Newfane Community Center, Main Street, Newfane starting at 7 p.m. DEC’s Chris Legard, Lake Ontario Unit Leader, will be in attendance.

Jan. 31 – Final day for New York State Pistol Permit Recertification. Contact the county clerk or visit for details.

Jan. 31 – Final day, varying hare rabbit hunting season in the Southern Tier. Check out for details.

Feb. 1 – Deadline for the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame nominations. For details go to

Feb. 1 – Orvis Buffalo will be hosting former Buffalo Sabre Jim Lorentz for a book signing with “Atlantic Salmon: Moody and Mysterious” at 6 p.m.

Feb 3 – The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the NWTF will host its banquet on Feb. 3 at Banchetti’s on North Forest Road in Amherst. There will be live and silent auctions with raffles featuring 14 guns. For info call Al Gai at 937-3271.

 Feb. 3 – Niagara River Anglers Assn. Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario tributaries. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston, the Slippery Sinker in Olcott or at the launch ramp in Lewiston the morning of the contest.

Feb. 3 - Snowshoeing and Cocoa at the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info or to register call 549-1050.

Feb. 3 – Superb Owl Saturday at the Buffalo Audubon’s Beaver Meadow Center in North Java from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be an Owl Prowl from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that you must preregister for at 585-457-3228.

Feb. 3 – Niagara Frontier Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet at Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, Amherst. For more info contact Al Gai at 937-3271.

Feb. 4 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road, Alexander from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for other details.

Feb. 7 – Buffalo Audubon’s naturalist Mark Carra will be giving a hike with the theme “The Dynamic World beneath the Snow.” Pre-registration required at 585-457-3228. Cost is $5.

Feb. 8 - Orvis Buffalo will be hosting noted author Rick Kustich for a book signing and talk on local steelhead tactics, as well as a special screening of the DVD Spey Daze. It begins at 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 – Evangola State Park Forest to Lake Snowshoe Hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 for information or to preregister.


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