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Department of Environmental Conservation fishery professionals will discuss stocking issues and other fish-related concerns during “State of Lake Ontario” meetings held in the area.

The first meeting will be in the Carlson Auditorium at the Rochester Institute of Technology, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Building at 4487 Lake Ave. in Lockport will be the site for a meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 13.

Both gatherings will focus on the status of salmonid and warm-water fisheries, including a re-introduction of salmon rearing at the DEC Caledonia hatchery. To check on previous fishery assessments, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.

Outdoors scholarship

The Greater Rochester Southern Tier Branch of Quality Deer Management Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to the top entry among graduating high school students residing in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne or Wyoming counties.

Applications must be submitted by March 15 along with a 300-word statement on “The Importance of Wildlife in My Life.” For entry details, call (585) 813-2021 or go to the Facebook account: GRSTQDMA.

Pheasant programmers

Participants in the DEC Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program can apply until March 15 to receive a rearing guide and free chicks to rear for release in the fall.

Pheasant stocks will be delivered to youths in 4-H programs and landowners with proper brooding facilities from April to June. To apply, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7271.

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