Guessing the maturity of deer standing in a field can be frustrating, and knowing a whitetail’s age helps in maintaining good deer herd stock.

Certified wildlife biologist Kip Adams with Quality Deer Management Association will discuss this and other aspects of deer dynamics during a Greater Rochester Southern Tier Branch of QDMA free seminar at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Honeoye Falls-Lima School Auditorium, 83 East St.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in jaw bones and trail camera shots during this seminar. For direction and more details, check with Mike Edwards at (585) 813-2021.

‘Meteor’ meeting

Astronomer Bert Probst offers an illustrated “Meteors, Meteorites, Craters and Comets” presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office Building, next to Woodlawn Beach State Park in Blasdell.

Probst, an amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, teaches adult courses and can explain how celestial visitors are seen moving across the sky and are found in the ground.

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome; Penn Dixie members are free. For directions and details, call 627-4560.

Winter gathering

The Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve and the DEC will present a “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” at the preserve from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

At the Wonderland, held at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Blvd. in Cheektowaga, visitors can try their feet at snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with free gear available in a demonstration area.

Kids can try the gear, make winter crafts and go on a winter scavenger hunt.

For more details on this gathering, call 683-5959 or go to and in the Search box enter “Reinstein Woods.”

Honor roll

Tom Rauber of Dansville received honored recognition from Department of Environmental Conservation Region 8 Director Paul D’Amato for his successful bald eagle restoration efforts begun in 1965.

Rauber found what is believed to be the last known bald eagle nest site in the state; a nest located at the south end of Hemlock Lake. He began volunteer work with DEC officials to restore bald eagle populations in the early 1970s. By 1989, the program established a count of 10 breeding pairs; there were 220 pairs statewide in 2010.

TV Outdoorsman

Look for Orchard Park hunter Ryan Van Lew, 22, on the Sportsman Channel’s “Outlanders” series Thursday evening. Van Lew and his dad, Halsey, were filmed during their fall deer hunt in Westfield. Ryan, a certified archery and hunter instructor, is a skilled and successful outdoorsman.

The show, aired at 8:30 p.m., is part of a national competition among 10 sportsmen for $10,000 in prizes; the Van Lew family could use supporting votes as per directions given during this program.