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Outdoors Calendar

April 18 – 2 the Outdoor Environmental Forum “Sacred Land: A Native View of the Earth” at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. An evening with Seneca and Algonquin elders. For more information contact Terry Belke at

April 19 – Southtowns Walleye Association monthly general membership meeting, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m. A representative from Bay Rat Lures will be speaking.

April 19 – Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International monthly meeting at the American Legion Post #735 on Legion Drive, West Seneca.  Meeting begins with fly tying at 6 p.m. followed by a business meeting starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Geoff Hintz from the Army Corp of Engineers, who will speak on the Springville Dam Project. Public is invited.  For further information, call 675-4766.

April 20 – Sunset Saunter, Knox Farm State Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call to register at 549-1050.

April 20 – Buckhorn Night Swamp People at Buckhorn Island State Park from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register.

April 21 – Tortoise and Hare 5K Race and Fun Run at Chestnut Ridge Park, 9 a.m., to benefit Earth Spirit Educational Services. Cost is $30 for adults before April 1, $35 after. Children/students are $20 before April 1, $25 after. Call 941-6267 for more info.

April 21 – Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew,  5 p.m. Call 870-6871 for more info.

April 21 – Lake Erie Outdoor and Fishing Show, Clarion Hotel and Marina, Dunkirk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Karen at 679-6030 for more info.

April 21 – ABS Boat Safely Class with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club. Call Martin at 390-7727 for more info or to register.

April 21 – New York State Conservation Council Benefit for Region 9 at the Southtowns Walleye Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket cost is $20. Sponsored by the Western NY Environmental Federation.

April 21 – Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo Annual Outdoor Gear and Flea Market,  8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more info call Willie Sieber at 260-3240.

April 21 – ABS Boating Safety Class at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 to preregister.

April 21 – Earth Day celebrations at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew including woods walk at 11 a.m. and Birding 101 class No. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Call 683-5959 for more info.

April 21 – North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve Shoreline Sweep from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at

April 21 – Spring Orvis Days at Orvis Buffalo with separate sessions on WNY Inland Trout Fishing with Drew Nisbet from noon to 2 p.m. and Euronymphing with Adam Slavinski from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call 276-7200 to preregister.

April 21-22 – Spring youth turkey hunt weekend for junior hunters ages 12 to 15 years of age who are holding a valid license and turkey permit. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Visit for details.

April 22 – Gorge hike with Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, along the Great Gorge Railway Trail/American Falls Gorge Trail for a 2.5 mile hike. Meet at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 825 Depot Ave., Niagara Falls at 1:30 p.m. Book signing and talk will follow at 4:30 p.m. Preregister at 282-5154.

April 22 – Spring Orvis Days at Orvis Buffalo with separate sessions on Spring Steelhead Tactics with Drew Nisbet from noon to 2 p.m. and Streamer Fishing Lake-run Bass with Adam Slavinski from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call 276-7200 to preregister.

April 23 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs monthly meeting at the Town of Lockport offices, Beattie and Dysinger Road, Lockport, 7 p.m.

April 24 – WNY Chapter, Trout Unlimited at Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Buffalo. Fly tying at 6 p.m. General meeting at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Ed Veaudry of Syracuse, regional coordinator with Project Healing Waters, giving an update on the program. Open to the public.

April 26 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge St., West Falls, 7 p.m.

April 27 – Celebrate National Arbor Day with a Tree ID Walk at DeVeaux Wood State Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

April 28 – NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony at Theodore’s Restaurant (formerly the Rusty Rail Restaurant), 3231 Seneca Turnpike (Route 5), Canastota, 6 p.m. Call Scott Faulkner for tickets at 315-829-3588. Cost is $25.

April 28 – Peregrine falcons of Buffalo tour with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr. Pre-registration is required by calling 585-457-3228.

April 28 – Spring into Nature Festival at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at the visitors center on Casey Road, Alabama from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 28 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 is offering an 8-hour Safe Boating & Jet Ski Class at the McKinley Mall in the Community Room. The class begins at 8:05 a.m. sharp and ends at approximately 5 pm. To receive more information or to register, contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669 or at Go to for a list of additional classes.

April 28-29 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, 9 a.m. each day. $7 admission. For more information go to

May 1-31 – Spring turkey season in upstate New York. Consult the DEC website at for details on the season.

May 1 – Niagara Musky Association monthly general membership meeting at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Chad Lapa, owner and operator of Lake Ontario United and Lake Erie United online communities. He also has the distinction of catching the two largest muskies in the country in back to back years. There will also be a swap meet.

May 3 – Evening Birding at Times Beach Nature Preserve with Buffalo Audubon,  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 585-457-3228 for reservations.

May 4 – Lewiston Smelt Festival, Lewiston Landing, 5 p.m. Smelt fry will be conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce.

May 5 – Opening day of walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky seasons in New York. Check out for specific regulations in the waters you intend to fish in.

May 5 – Walleye and Northern Pike Tournament on Silver Lake presented by Old Orchard Beach Fish and Game Club from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Best three fish total weigh in combination. Register at West Lake Road Boat Launch starting at 5:30 a.m. Call 652-7439 for more info.

May 5 – Forest Lawn is for the Birds from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for a morning of birding and wildlife education with naturalist Tom Kerr. For tickets go to

May 5 – 30th Annual Ducks Unlimited Sporting Clays Shoot, Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Hamburg. $50 advance registration fee. Call George Rockey at 674-3075 for info.

May 5 – Earth Day in May/I Love My Park Day at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 686-0210 for more info.

May 5 – 7th Annual I Love My Park Day. Show state parks some love by volunteering at an area park. Visit for more info and to register.

May 6 – Crepuscular Hike: Owl Prowl at Evangola State Park from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register.

May 6 – Olcott Ultimate Fishing Expo from noon to 5 p.m. at the Olcott Gazebo on Main Street. Lots of activities, seminars, NRAA trout pond, shooting trailer and more. Call 807-2873 for more info.

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