• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at, 7:30 p.m., Monday. Educator Sandy Cunningham will discuss “Trout in the Classroom.” Call 684-9523.

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Oatka Fish and Game Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 472-1343.

• Safari Club International Western and Central New York Chapter, Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Dr. Salvatore Calandra will discuss “Heart Health.” Call 652-9460.


• Active Bowhunters IBO Championship Qualifier, Three Valley Campground, Route 16, Holland, registration 8 a.m.-noon, May 4. Door prizes and food available. Call John Peters (585) 496-5819 or Paul Salzyn (837-5945).

Shooting sports

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Air Pistol League, 12 County Line Road, Begins May 7, shooting Tuesdays to July 23, relays at 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and a third if needed. Call Carl Leas (656-0350) or email:

Certification classes


• Holland Rod & Gun Club, Route 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 11 and 18. Call 692-7660.


• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” American Legion Cadille Post, Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; “Utah, Florida and Arizona Multi-State Permit Class,” Solomon’s Porch Outreach Ministries, Newark, 5:45-9:45 p.m., Thursday. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 8:30 a.m., Wednesday; and “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Jim Carr NYS Pistol Permit Classes: K&K Guns, Varysburg, 9 a.m., Saturday; and Freeman’s Sport Shop, Akron, 9 a.m., May 11. Call: 778-9431.

• G.T. Training Services “NYS Pistol Permit Safety Class,” Days Hotel Buffalo, 4345 Genesee St, 6:30-9:30 p.m., May 8. Call 446-6128 or go to


• Niagara Scuba Center “NYS Safe Boating Personal Water Craft (jet ski) Class,” 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 5. Call Mike McCormick (316-8259).


• Orvis Buffalo Free Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, 8 a.m., Saturday and 10 a.m., May 5. To register, call 276-7200.

• Niagara Frontier Gun Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 5. For pistol permit and show details, go to

• Kinzua Fly Fishing Schools, University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus, sessions begin May 4 and 5. For details, call Steve Skvarka at (814) 368-5814 or go to

Honor roll

• Chautauqua County Sportsmen’s Federation Annual Banquet, held at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, presented these awards: Conservationist, Jan Bobseine; Public Servant, Robert “Bob” Lichorat; DEC Retired Environmental Conservation Officer, Dennis Gowan; Club of the Year, WNY Deer Search; Westfield Fish and Game Club Howard Peters Sportsman Award, Dan Christen; Lakewood Rod & Gun Club Award, Larry Dorler, and Falconer Rod & Gun Club Junior Sportsperson Award, Mathew Lenehan.


• Buffalo Audubon Society Annual Dinner, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Depew, 6 p.m., Friday. Guest speaker Francis Grant-Suttie will discuss “Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway.” For reservations, call (585) 457-3228.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Walk at Knox Farm State Park — Ephemerals, the First Flowers,” 9 a.m., Saturday; “Iroquois Observation Saturday Programs: “Focus On Birding the Backyards of America,” 12:30-1:30 p.m.; “Secretive Birds of the Marsh Walk,” 6-8 p.m., and “Owl Prowl,” 8 p.m.; and Sunday Iroquois Observation Program: “Canoe Trek with Rick Allen,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 5. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “International Migratory Bird Day Walk,” 8-10 a.m., Saturday; and “Trek Tifft,” 2-3:30 p.m., May 5. Registration required for these events. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: Currently accepting registrations for summer day camp (go to and search for “Kids in the Woods”); “Exploring Wetlands: Tillman Road,” 10 a.m., Thursday; “After School Escape (for grades K-5), 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Earth Day in May,” 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday; and “Early Bird Walk (for adults and kids 8 and older),” 7 a.m., May 5. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Woodland Wildflower Walk,” Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 10, to register, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Akron Falls Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 439-0062; “Ellicott Creek Trailway Mini-Hike,” 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 835-9728; “Evening Riverwalk, 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 833-3851; “Conservation Trail/Finger Lakes Trail, 9 a.m., May 5, call (585) 365-5807; and “Williamsville Escarpment to Glen Park,” 11 a.m., May 5, call 691-6750.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: For all events and extended weekend outings, visit

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: “Tifft Nature Preserve Field Trip for Early Warblers and Migrants,” 7:30 a.m., May 5. Call 604-7701.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: Penn Dixie site weekend hours begin Saturday; “Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge at Penn Dixie,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; and “Spring Bird Walk with Marilyn O’Connor,” 9 a.m., May 5. For details, call 627-4560 or go to

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: “Kayak and Canoe Safety Rescue Clinic,” Williamsville South High School, Main St., 7-9 p.m., Thursday and May 15 and 22’ and “Tenth Annual Tuesday Evening Stress Reducer Paddle,” starts May 7 and continues to Oct. 1. For more details, call 626-0350.

• Campground Owners of New York free “2013 Directory of Campgrounds and Parks,” call (800) 497-2669. A digital copy is available at

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Morning Bird Walk — Trestle Woods,” 8 a.m., Thursday; “Wildflower Walk — Arbutus Woods,” 1 p.m., Thursday; “I Love My Park Day,” 8 a.m., Saturday; and “Friends of Letchworth – Trail Work Day,” 10 a.m., May 5. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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