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The 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is set for Friday through Feb. 18. The event has been held previously at designated sites around the world, but this year’s count is accessible to anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access, the first time this means of access will be available.

Observers can simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, count the numbers of each species seen, and report those tallies online at BirdCount.org.

Look for area groups participating in this GBBC among hiking/nature entries in the Calendar on this page.

Albany march

Two organizations have reserved buses for a Gun Owners March on Albany to be run Feb. 28. Each group subsidizes costs and may reserve additional buses for this trip.

The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs buses depart from the Thruway Exit 49 at Depew. Check with Rich Davenport at 510-7952. The Erie County SCOPE Chapter buses leave from the Southgate Plaza. For details, call 572-3149.

Deer pieces parts

In response to discovery of one instance of chronic wasting (CWD) disease in southeast Pennsylvania last fall, the Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted newer regulations on the importation of big-game carcass parts into New York State.

Hunter-killed deer or elk taken in Pennsylvania must first have removed the brain, eyes, spinal cord, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen or retropharyngeal lymph nodes of the animal.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Most successful hunters will opt to butcher a deer or elk and put the meat in a cooler before traveling back to New York.”

Additional information about CWD and New York’s regulations can be found at dec.ny.gov/regs/3926.html.

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