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Tifft Nature Preserve staffers will offer visiting families of all ages a “bug-tastic” time during its “Insectival” program presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibits and field programs include views and info about all kinds of arthropods and their activities on land and under water around the preserve at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., across from Buffalo Small Boat Harbor.

Drop by an Insectigation Station, sweep grassy mounds for insects, check out the Buggy Crafts for kids and many more interesting things to see, do and learn about during this bug-focused event.

For directions, admission and more information on Insectival, call 825-6397.

Fair mounts

The Erie County Fair (Aug. 7-18) is not that far off, and outdoors folk with prize/trophy mounts have a chance to enter animal, bird or fish mounts for a competition and possible exhibit in the Conservation Building during the fair in Hamburg.

Entrants submit a $20 fee for as many mounts deemed prize-worthy; each entrant receives a free pass.

For entry details, call 649-3900, ext. 6407, or go to and click on “conservation.”

Photo contest

The 43rd annual National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Photo Contest ends July 15, but photographers can still enter to win prizes, including the Grand Prize, an expense-paid trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba, to see and photograph polar bears.

A separate Youth category is set up for children ages 13 to 17. Photos will be judged in seven categories; winning entries will be featured in the magazine and on the NWF magazine Web site.

For contest details, visit the “Learn More” page at