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Meetings

• Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Niagara River Station Fishing Club, 355 East River Road, Grand Island, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 440-6995.

Shooting sports

• WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Niagara County Club, 9 a.m.-noon, July 27, walk-on shooters always welcome. For league and equipment details, call Bob Guyder at 695-1725.

• WNY Practical Pistol Outdoor League Match, Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, 9 a.m., July 27. For league details, go to wnyppl.net.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html.

Archery

• Niagara Frontier 2014 Summer 3-D League, Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, registrations 2:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call Mike Hertel at 583-4145.

• Southtowns Walleye, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-0147.

• Middleport Rod & Gun Club Home Study Course, Freeman and Mountain roads, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 16. Call Dave Lavery, evenings, 735-3433.

• Nick’s Sporting Goods, 1211 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, 6-10 p.m., July 29 and 6 p.m.-done, July 30. Call 875-9218.

• 3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 6-10 p.m., Aug. 4 and 5. Call Dale Shank at 791-3809 or Doug Walck at 282-0625.

• Roy Alfords Little Ridge Archery, 8862 Ridge Road, Gasport, 6-10 p.m., Aug. 5, 6 and 7. Call 772-7598 (1-8 p.m.).

• Getzville Fire Company, 630 Dodge Road, Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Aug. 12 and 14. Register at: reg9huntered@yahoo.com.

Gun

• George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., 6-10:30 p.m., Aug. 5, 6, and 7. Call 627-9861 or 874-1206.

• Millgrove Sportsmen, 12 County Line Road, Alden, 7-10 p.m., Aug. 5 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 9. Register and see instructions online.

Waterfowl identification

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 6-11 p.m., Saturday. Call 655-2328.

• Beaver Island State Park, Casino/Beach House, Grand Island, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug., 2. Call 773-3271 (Ext. 224).

Trapping

• Middleport Rod & Gun Club, Freeman and Mountain roads, 8 a.m.-done, Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 16. Call Kevin Teeter (evenings) or Aaron Davis at 863-8416.

Pistol

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

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, Amherst, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; and “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, 5:45-9:45 p.m., Thursday. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

• Jim Carr Class: “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., Aug. 9. Call 693-4000 or email jdcarrsc@verizzon.net.

Shows/seminars

• Crossbow Demonstration Day, Wilson Conservation Club, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 9 Call 731-9984, 731-1641 or 946-6882.

Banquets/fundraisers

• NY Crossbow Coalition First Annual Banquet, Ramada Inn, 1305 Buckley Road, Syracuse, 6 p.m., Saturday. Go to nycrossbowcoalition.com.

• “Clays for Heroes” Third Annual Fundraising Shoot, Rochester Brooks International Skeet & Trap Club, Rush, Aug. 9. For details on entry and sponsorship options, check with Ashley Butcher at 698-5892.

Hiking/nature

• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Bird Banding at Beaver Meadow,” 7-11 a.m., Thursday; “BioBlitz-A 24-Hour Taxonomy Survey,” 6 a.m., Saturday; “Native Plants in the Suburban Garden with Kathleen Contrino,” 1-2 p.m., Saturday; “Bugs by Night with Mark Carra,” 9-11 p.m., Saturday; and “Family Walk at Beaver Meadow-Guided Walk with Naturalists,” 2 p.m., July 27. Most BAS events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (Ext. 10) or go to buffaloaudubon.org.

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Event: “Midsummer’s Night Family Nature Hike”, 8:30-9:45 p.m., Saturday. Call 825-6397 (Ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “Jewels of the Sky – Guided Walk,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and “Summer Institute: Schoolyard Habitats (for grades K-12),” 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 29 and 30. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “Art in the Park,” Evangola State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., today, call 549-1050; and “Evening Stroll Along the Rim,” Whirlpool State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., July 30, call 285-0516.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Goat Island Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 759-6442; “Stiglmeier Park,” 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, call 873-0913 or 439-0062; “Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Lehigh Memorial Trail,” 6:30 p.m., call 548-8039; Houghton Park/Buffalo River,” 4:30 a.m., Thursday, call 826-1939; “Chestnut Ridge Park Evening Hike,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, call 548-1401; Friday Evening Riverwalk,” 6:30 p.m., Call 833-3851; “Conservation Trail-Carpenter Road to Warner Gulf Road,” 8:30 a.m., Saturday, call 826-1939; “Akron Fall County Park,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 439-0062; and “Canalside-Hatch Restaurant at Erie Basin Marina,” 10:30 a.m., July 27, call 655-0699.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: “Canada Shorebird Field Trip-Rock Point Provincial Park,” 7 a.m., July 27. For details, call Doug Happ at 649-1297.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Events: “Science Adventure Summer Day Camp (for boys and girls ages 8-12),” Monday-Friday; “Astronomy Night at Penn Dixie Site,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday; and “Summer Science Safari Day Camp (for boys and girls ages 8-12),” July 28-Aug. 1. For registration forms and event details, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles event: “Monday Evening Paddle on the Buffalo River,” 6 p.m., Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. Call 213-0350 or email: ppinfo@pathspeakspaddles.com.

• Earth Spirit Educational Services “Wild Foods & Medicines Walk”, Buffalo Ski Club, West Falls, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 941-6267 or go to earthspiritedu.org.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Learn About Letchworth Series-Letchworth Landscapes with Photographer Larry Tetamore,” 7 p.m., Tuesday; “Mushroom Foray-Upper St. Helena Shelter,” 10 a.m., Saturday; and “Nature Walk-Genesee Valley Canal Trail (Waterfalls Section),” July 27. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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