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Scattershots for August 8, 2018

Summer Turkey Survey Underway

August is the month that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is in need of some assistance in locating wild turkeys. Every year, the agency conducts a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to help wildlife biologists estimate the average number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen across the Empire State. This helps DEC assess reproductive success for the year. This, in turn, is taken into consideration when predicting fall harvest potential. It can also help them in determining if any changes should be made to the hunting seasons.

There are many factors that come into play every year in relation to nesting success, hen survival and poult survival. Predation, weather and habitat conditions can all have an effect on bird numbers overall. During August, agency personnel and volunteers record the sex and age composition of turkey flocks during normal travel.  To obtain a form, go online at or call the regional office at 372-0645. You can also submit observations online, but not both. Please don’t submit information on the same flock more than once. It’s a great way to lend DEC a helping hand.

Lamprey Control is Topic at Fly Fishers Meeting

Pete Hrodey, Supervisory Fish Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sea Lamprey Control Program in Marquette, Mich. will be making a special stop in Western New York next Thursday, Aug. 16, to give a presentation to the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International starting at 6:30 p.m. Because it’s such a big deal to have Hrodey in for a presentation, the meeting has been moved to the Community Center of the West Seneca Library, 1300 Union Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Sea lampreys are parasitic fish that prey on other fish such as lake trout, sturgeon, walleye, salmon, brown trout and steelhead to name but a few. A suction cup-like mouth attaches to the side of a fish and if the direct wound doesn’t kill the fish, in all likelihood an infection involving the resulting wound will lead to the demise of the fish. Lampreys are controlled by lampricides that are species-specific, administered in the streams where they spawn.  For further information contact Joan at 675-4766.

New Alberto Rey Book, Exhibition Set

If you are interested in birds and wildlife, there is a new book and corresponding exhibition that should grab your interest. “Extinct Birds Project” is a new 208-page full-color book from Alberto Rey of Fredonia that was three years in the making. To help kick the book off, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown will be presenting an exhibition by artist Rey from Aug. 17 through Dec. 4. The exhibition will feature 18 original works of art by Rey. The opening night reception is next Friday (Aug. 17), from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Rey will be signing books, there will be gallery talk and a reception.

Rey is more than just a talented author and painter. He’s a fly fishing guide, a professor and a film maker, too. The book delves into 18 different birds and discusses their plights – how and why they were impacted. It’s a fascinating topic and also very alarming that we are losing species of birds (and other fish and wildlife) off this planet forever. For more information on the book and the project itself, check out the website at For more information on the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, visit or call 665-2473.

Southtowns Walleye Kids Day Aug. 16

On Aug. 16, the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY will be holding its annual “Kid’s Day” at the club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, starting at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for kids 15 and under to have some fun. They will be painting their own fishing lures, courtesy of Bay Ray Lures. Casting practice will be taking place as you improve your fishing skills. You can also make paracord bracelets if you would prefer. DEC’s Dr. Jason Robinson will give a brief talk on getting involved with fishing as a youngster and it will all be topped off with free sundaes with all of the fixings.

If this sounds like something you might want to try, give Amy Plecas a call at 225-6999. They would like a head count so please RSVP to let her know if you are coming. You can also RSVP to

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