Anglers and lake lovers have an opportunity to learn more about how Lake Erie fares during a State of Lake Erie Meeting set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club House in Hamburg.

Helen Domske with New York Sea Grant coordinates this informative program, which features fisheries experts from educational, state and federal agencies.

Don Einhouse, Department of Environmental Conservation Lake Erie Unit Leader will describe the status of Erie’s warm-water fishery; senior fisheries biologist Jim Markham will cover the cold-water fish concerns.

Dr. Chris Pennuto from Buffalo State College will explain aspects of invasive species management; Denise L. Clay, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will offer an update on area USF&WS programs.

For more details on this meeting, check with Domske at 645-3610 or email:

Garlic mustard challenge

One nasty invasive plant life has prompted a friendly competition to reduce the presence of this intrusive green growth.

Four groups, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, Buffalo Audubon Society and WNY Land Conservancy have joined to stage a Third Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge at four sites on Saturday. The competition begins at 10 a.m. at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Lewiston Plateau Habitat area and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and goes to June 21.

Pulled before it goes to seed, its removal can open ground that garlic mustard would prevent tree, brush and flower growth.

Groups can visit sites and collect as often as they can. The top team at each site wins $200 and an overnight stay to the Beaver Meadow cabin in the woods. To register a team, call 683-5959 or do a Facebook search for “Garlic Mustard Challenge”.

Shipwreck seminars

A Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar series at the Clarion Conference Center and Marina in Dunkirk features experts on shipwrecks and Great Lakes waterway concerns.

The program goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $50 fee if registered by Wednesday; $65 at the door. To register, call (315) 646-1000 (ext. 203) or go to