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Outdoors Calendar

Feb. 28 – Final day for many small game seasons including cottontail rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, ruffed grouse and varying hare in certain regions of the state. Consult the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov for more information.

Feb. 28 – Deadline for nominations for the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs annual awards program. Send nominations to billhiltsjr@gmail.com.

Feb. 28 – State of Owasco Lake public meeting at Bass Pro Shops meeting room, 1579 Clark St., Auburn in the Finger Lakes Mall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 2-10 – Late Canada Goose Season in the South Area. For boundary information and other details check out www.dec.ny.gov.

March 3 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Awards Banquet at Kloc’s Grove, West Seneca. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets $35, presale only. Call Cheryl Schenne at 655-2328. www.eriectyfsc.org

March 3 – National Invasive Species Week starts. Program at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Casey Road, Alabama from 1-2 p.m.

March 3 – Rural Landowners Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany. For more information or to register contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 Ext. 18.

March 3 - Ice Masters Elite Tournament Trail Blind Draw Team Event out of Braddocks Bay Marina, Braddocks Bay. Registration 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $60 for a team ($30 per person). Weigh in at 2 p.m. (you must be off the ice by then). For more information contact Mark Dusablon at 607-742-0343. Several species categories.

March 3 – Saturday Birding at Buckhorn Island State Park with Buffalo Audubon’s Tom Kerr from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Woods Creek lot on East-West Park Drive, Grand Island. Call 585-457-3228.

March 3 – Sugar Shanty at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about maple sugar. Call 585-457-3228 for more info.

March 8-11 – WNY Sport and Travel Expo, Agri-Center, Hamburg. Show opens at noon on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. www.eriepromotions.com for details.

March 9 – Forest Frolic at Evangola State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register.

March 9 – Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District tree order deadline. Call 434-4949 Ext. 4. www.niagaraswcd.com.

March 10 - Ice Masters Elite Tournament Trail Event out of Silver Lake State Boat Launch, Silver Lake. Registration 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $60 for a team ($30 per person). Weigh in at 2 p.m. (you must be off the ice by then). For more information contact Mark Dusablon at 607-742-0343. Several species categories.

March 10 – North Tonawanda Owl Prowl with Buffalo Audubon at the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve. Pre-registration is required at 585-457-3228. Cost is $7.

March 10 – Boating Safety Class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Martin Laufer for more info at 390-7727.

March 10 – The Sweet Life at DeVeaux Woods State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about maple sugar. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 10 – Sugar Shanty at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about maple sugar. Call 585-457-3228 for more info.

March 10-11 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga starting at 9 a.m. each day. www.nfgshows.com.

March 12 – State of Lake Ontario annual public meeting hosted by DEC at Rochester Institute of Technology campus, Student Alumni Union Room 1250, Rochester from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 12-17 – 22nd Annual Special People Fishing Days sponsored by the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY starting at 10 a.m. each day. Reservations required. Call Elaine at 893-0733.

March 14 – State of Lake Ontario annual public meeting hosted by DEC at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport (Route 78) from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 15 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY general membership meeting, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m.

March 16 – Deadline for ordering trees and shrub seedlings through Erie County’s Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact www.ecswcd.org, stop by the office at 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora or call 652-8480 Ext. 5.

March 16 – Salamander Rain at Evangola State Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rarely seen migration of salamanders. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 17 – SWNY Friend of the NRA Annual Banquet at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, Salamanca starting at 5 p.m. For tickets contact Ray Patchkofsky at 807-8170.

March 17 – Lookin’ for Spring at Artpark State Park from 1-3 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register or for more info.

March 17 – Searchin’ for Spring at Knox Farm State Park from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 for more info or to register.

 

March 17-18 – Maple Harvest Festival at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, N. Java from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228 for more information.

March 18 - Beginning of a 10-week Spring Trap League hosted by the Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston. Shooting signup times will be  Sundays 9 a.m.-12 noon and Thursday; 6-8 p.m. Teams, individuals and practice shooters are welcome. Questions: 335 - 4111

March 18 – Western New York Environmental Federation meeting at Hoak’s Restaurant, S 4100 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg starting at 1 p.m. For more information contact Dan Tone at 655-0975.

March 19 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board monthly meeting at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main Street, Newfane starting at 6 p.m.

March 20 – Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board monthly meeting at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo starting at 7 p.m.

March 21 – Third annual Tree Steward Training Course begins. 5-part series offered Wednesday nights from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County. Call Sharon at 652-5400 Ext. 150 for more information or to register.

March 22 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its monthly meeting at Evans Rod and Gun Club, 864 Cain Road, Angola. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. The Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m.

March 24 – 7th Annual Fishermen’s Paradise Flea Market-Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alexander Firemen’s Rec Hall, 10708 Route 98, Alexander. Admission is $2. 12 and under are free. For more information contact Joe at 440-0004.

March 24 – 29th Annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show at Elks Lodge No. 41, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission $5. Call Dan Bedford at 713-9410 for more information.

March 24 – Free Firearms Forum at Franklinville Conservation Club, 3040 Bakerstand Road, Franklinville starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Steven Cohen, Esq. Litigation Chair for HoganWillig, a noted authority of state and federal firearms laws. Open discussion. Open to the public.

March 25 – Final day, coyote season.

March 25 – Deadline for Pheasant Release Program applications. Contact DEC at 372-0645 for more information.

 

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