• Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Platt St. VFW, Albion, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

• Niagara Musky Association, The Eldridge Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 235-3816.

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

• Genesee County Chapter of Scope, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Daniel Killelea, criminal defense attorney and Donald Read, Genesee County Clerk, will present a “Know Your Rights Forum for Gun Owners.” Call (585) 494-2314.

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie’s Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

• Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, Leo Curtis American Legion Post No. 830, Ransomville, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 733-5968.

• Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 649-8202.

• Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, American Legion Post No. 735, 35 Legion Pkwy., West Seneca, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 675-4766 or 549-1977.

• Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post No. 8113, 299 Lydecker Road, West Seneca, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 655-4665 or 846-5448.


• Collins Conservation Club Extreme Shoot, June 1 and 2, a 30-target obstacle shoot either day. For details, call 909-3441.

Shooting sports

• WNY outdoor Pistol League Shoot, Polaris Club at Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club, 9 a.m., May 19. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

• Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club Registered ATA Trap Shoot, 5657 Killian Road, Town of Pendleton, first of two shoots, sign-ups at 8 a.m., shooting starts at 9 a.m., May 19. For details, call 692-2161 weekends and Wednesday nights.

Certification classes


• Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To pre-register, call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.


• Middleport Rod & Gun Club, Freeman and Mountain Roads., 6-10 p.m., May 20 and 21. Call 735-7314 (6-9 p.m.) or 735-3343.

• Little Ridge Archery, Alvord’s, 8862 Ridge Road, Gasport, 6-10 p.m., May 20-22 and 24. Call 772-7598 (1-8 p.m.) for more information.


• Security Weapons and Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 8:30 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. “Utah, Florida and Arizona Multi-State Permit Class,” Holiday Inn, Johnstown, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 19. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Class: “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., Saturday, call 693-4000.


• Maryvale Community Education “Personal Water Craft Boating Safety Course,” Maryvale High School, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 635-4666.

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “Safe Boating and Jet Ski Class,”

McKinley Mall, Community Room, Hamburg, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 366-0899.

• Beaver Island State Park “Free Safe Boating Course,” Park Clubhouse, Lower Level, Grand Island, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 773-3271 for information.


• Orvis Buffalo Free Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, 8 a.m., Saturday and 10 a.m., May 19. To register, call 276-7200.

• Niagara Frontier Gun Show, Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 19. For pistol permit procedures and all show details, go to


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Walk with Director Loren Smith,” 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday; “Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park with Naturalist Chuck Bartlett,” 9 a.m., Saturday; “Birding by Boat on Buffalo Waterfront with Master Birder Alec Humann ,” 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; and Family Walk at Beaver Meadow,” 2 p.m., May 19. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all program details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Science of our City at Canalside,” 44 Prime St., 3-6 p.m., Tuesday; “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; “It’s Astronomical!,” 7:30-9 p.m., Friday; and “Chicks, kits and Pollywogs – a Friends of Tifft Event,” 2-4 p.m., May 19. 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: “Sounds of Spring,” 7 p.m., Tuesday; “Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute at Helmer Nature Center (for educators of grades 6-12),” 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; “Growing Garden Series for Kids: Crafts for Plants (for ages 6-8),” 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and “Evening Bird Walk,” 6 p.m., May 19. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “Endangered Species Day,” DeVeaux Woods State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday; and “Hiking the Great Gorge Route,” Whirlpool State Park,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. To register call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Forest Lawn Cemetery,” 8:15 a.m., Monday, call 548-8039; “Akron Escarpment Wildflower Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 759-6345; “Stiglmeier Park,” 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, call 873-0913 or 439-0062; “Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Erie Basin Marina,” 6:30 p.m., call 627-3878: “Conservation Trail – Niagara Falls Blvd. to South Grand Island Bridge,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 833-3851; “Joe Panza Trail, Village of Alden,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 548-8039; “Genesee Valley Greenway Trail,” 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 735-7302; and “Ellicott Creek Park,” 11 a.m., May 19, call 691-6750.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: “Annual May Bird Count,” May 19. For site and time, call 626-0325.

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

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: Penn Dixie presents Joe “PaleoJoe” Kchodl, of Midland, Mich., speaking on “Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of New York’s Ancient Seas” in the Gateway Executive Office auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Friday; “Dig with the Experts at the Penn Dixie Site,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, fossil collecting and telescopes to view sunspots will be available. For details, call 627-4560 or go to

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: “Annual Demo Days,” 1000 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday and May 19, seminars on kayaking, canoeing, places to paddle, and other topics. For details, call 626-0350.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Morning Bird Walk – Great Bend Gorge,” 8 a.m., Thursday; “Wildflower Walk – East of Lee’s Landing,” 1 p.m., Thursday; “Fire on the Genesee – Civil War Encampment,” Friday, Saturday and May 19; and “Bird Tour,” 6 a.m., May 19.

For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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