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Domske honored at State of Lake Erie meeting

New York Sea Grant Coastal education specialist Helen Domske was honored at the State of Lake Erie gathering held in Hamburg last Thursday at the Southtowns Walleye Association clubhouse. Domske, who was awarded the 2017 Henry J. Kord Conservation Award for her significant contributions to the conservation of Western New York’s natural resources, has been serving the public for four decades and soon will retire. She is the associate director of the Great Lakes program at the University at Buffalo.

Her accomplishments are numerous. For 25 years, she coordinated a State of Lake Erie public meeting with area fisheries agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has worked for years on educating the public on aquatic invasive species and is currently working on an effort through the national Habitattitude program that encourages responsible consumer behavior to prevent the release of aquarium and water garden fish and plant life into the natural aquatic environment.

Through teach-the-teacher professional development training and school presentations, Domske impacts hundreds of teachers who educate thousands of students about the environment. She has devoted her professional life to ensuring that the present and next generation of Great Lakes citizens is better prepared to make sound decisions relating to the environment.

Good Friday skeet fun shoot April 19

The Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club, 5657 Killian Road in Pendleton, will be hosting a Good Friday skeet fun shoot on April 19 with signups starting at 9:45 a.m. Four rounds of skeet will take place. Squad times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person with Lewis Class scoring for prizes. To sign up for the contest, call Mike Smith at 435-9937 or Peter Bogdon at 807-6007. The kitchen will open at 9 a.m. for breakfast at the club.

Youth turkey hunt this weekend

This weekend is the state’s Youth Spring Turkey Hunt for junior hunters age 12 to 15. Make sure you have your gun sighted in and have proper tags for the junior hunter and the mentor who’s taking them out. That includes both a hunting license and a turkey permit. Yes, the mentor must be adequately licensed. Make sure you fill out the permission form that can be found in the regulations guide. Remember, the intent is for youth to have a good time. Explain the process. Let them do some calling. If they get bored, check some new terrain or go have breakfast.

At the top of the list, make sure you are safe. Put a big tree to your back. Never shoot at sound or movement and always identify your target first. For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov. Also, don’t forget that the opening of the regular turkey season is May 1. Share your success story photos with outdoors@buffnews.com.

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Spring into Nature April 27

The popular Spring into Nature event will be held April 27 at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 1101 Casey Road in Basom off Route 77. There are a variety of nature-related exhibits, crafts, fishing demos, and games for the kids from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal nesting/feeding box construction, live birds, archery games, presentations and face painting are among the returning favorite activities. Please do not bring pets, but service animals are welcome. If you have questions, contact Refuge staff at 585-948-5445.

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