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Teams are testing the waters around Dunkirk Harbor for the start of New York Walleye Association’s annual Amara-Can Tournament Saturday morning.

Last year’s tourney saw the top 10 teams weigh in 10 walleye that averaged nearly eight pounds each for teams of two to four anglers in the two-day competition. Catch reports for ‘eyes in waters from Barcelona to Buffalo Harbor have been stunning so far this summer.

Team leaders can sign in Thursday afternoon and all day Friday at Chadwick Bay Marina next to the Clarion Hotel. A captains’ meeting will be held on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the tourney site.

“Bring in a new team and get a $50 discount on your entry fee,” said New York Walleye Association president Bob Zoeller. For more details, call Zoeller at 875-8148 or Dayton Kane at 875-8872.

Volunteer open house

Buffalo Audubon Society, which promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship, will hold an open house on Saturday for interested individuals who would like to volunteer.

The open house goes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java. For more information call Buffalo Audubon at 585-457-3228 or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org">info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Duck doings

The new 2014-15 federal duck stamp is on sale and valid to June 30, 2015. Thought had been given to increasing the price of the waterfowl stamp, but the cost remains at $15 for this season.

The stamp generates funds to purchase, maintain and protect wetland areas for waterfowl and other wildlife. Along with waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors are encouraged to buy a stamp to assist in the many habitat efforts.

Duck stamps are sold at post offices nationwide, online through the U.S. Postal Service, or at duckstamp.com.

Insect activities

Families will be gathering at Tifft Nature Preserve for the annual celebration of insect life called “Insectival.”

Activities include “Make ‘n Take Buggy Crafts,” “Sweep-netting for Insects on the Grassy Mounds”, “Meet-and-Greet Live Bugs Up Close”, a hands-on “Insectigation station.” edible bugs for those brave diners and fun insect-themed games. Pre-registration is required for this event. For details, go to sciencebuff.org/tifft-nature-preserve.

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