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JULY 2018

1 – Start of Dog Training on raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat (>4/15/19)

 

AUGUST 2018

15 - Start of Dog Training on Small Game (>4/15/19)

SEPTEMBER 2018

1 – Start of Hunting Season for Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/19)

OCTOBER 2018

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/19) in the Western Zone

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), East Branch Owego Creek, East and West Branchs Tioughnioga River and the Otselic River (Cortland County), Owego Creek and East & West Branches of Creek (Tioga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property, Hatchery Property - 8:00 am B 3:3 0 pm (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeksand Chenunda Creek (Allegany County), Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Clear Creek from the mouth to the Wyoming-Cattaraugus County line, Wiscoy Creek 0.5 mile upstream and downstream from the East Hillside Road bridge, East Koy Creek, Chenunda Creek, Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam, Clear Creek (Ellington), Fenton Brook and Oatka Creek (Wyoming County) (>3/31/19)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Clear Creek and Prendagast Creek Chautauqua County) (>3/31/19)

NOVEMBER 2018

15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)

DECEMBER 2018

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15/19)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/15/19)

JANUARY 2019

1 - Start of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout (>9/30)

MARCH 2019

1 - Start of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal. (>5/4)

1-31 - Celebrate Owasco Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, home to both cold water & warm water fisheries!  (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

14 - Annual State of Lake Ontario Public Meeting at the SUNY Schenectady County Community College, Stockade Building, Room 101, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY (Schenectady County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association. DEC, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs, and fisheries management plans. Ample time will be provided at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Information summaries for a host of Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs will be posted at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html prior to the public meetings. (For information contact Christopher Legard, Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station 315-654-2147)

14 - Educator Workshop: Plt Environmental Experiences For Early Childhood at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 7:00 pm) Search Learn how to engage young children in outdoor exploration! Attendees receive an interdisciplinary activity guide and music CD. 3 CTLE hours provided. For educators of children ages 3 to 6.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

15 - Close of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye

15 - Close of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County) & the Chemung River and Tributaries (Chemung County)

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Canisteo Valley Chapter Dinner at The Main Place, Main Streeet, Hornell, NY (6:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Matthew Wilhelm 585-808-9362) 

15-16 - NYDU State Convention and Conservation Celebration at the Ramada Inn Lakefront, Geneva, New York. A celebration of the achievements during 2018.  (Cost: Single (full weekend) $165/Couple (full weekend) $290/Greenwing (full weekend) $50.00/Adult (Fri only) $75/Adult Sat only) $90) (For information go to www.ducks.org/new-york/events)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/19/16)

16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/4)

16 – Eastren Lake Ontario Salmon & Trout Association Annual Flea Market at the Brewerton, NY Fire Hall. (For information call 315-515-8278)

16 - Crown City Bassmasters  Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza at the Dryden Fire Station, Dryden, NY. (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) For more info call Joe Matt, 315-420-8150.

16 - Southwestern NY Friends of NRA Banquet at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Ray Patchkofsky 585-307-9824 or email  raymondpatchkofsky@yahoo.com)

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Finger Lakes Bucks N’ Beards Chapter Dinner at J B's Bar & Grill, 10832 Gloades Corners Road, Prattsburgh, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Steve Calderwood 607-522-7991  eot_tradingpost.yahoo.com) 

16 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (3:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $12.00/5:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy – $12.00/7:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $12.00) (For information call Larry Morley at 607-387-9803)

16 - Wine and Wings Raptor Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) The spring migration is here so join us to search for migratory waterfowl, elusive Northern Harriers, breeding Bald Eagles and more! During the tour, we will stop at Izzo’s White Barn Winery and enjoy award-winning wines and learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas can exist side by side. Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tastings. Must be 21+. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

16-17 - The 72 Annual Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY (Sat-9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun-9:00 am – 3:00 pm) This show is hosted by the Alabama Hunt Club. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 150+ tables. (Cost: $5.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Denis Davis  585-798-6089  dwdavis70@gmail.com)

17 - Genesee Valley Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Clubhouse, 4462 County Road 32 (3 miles east of Honeoye, south of 20A), Honeoye, NY (6:30 am fur checkin/10:00 am auction) ($10.00 charge for non-members) (For information call Tom Miller, 585-229-4759)

19 - Annual State of Lake Ontario Public Meeting at the Pulaski High School Auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, NY (Oswego County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association. DEC, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs, and fisheries management plans. Ample time will be provided at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Information summaries for a host of Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs will be posted at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html prior to the public meetings. (For information contact Christopher Legard, Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station 315-654-2147)

20 - Informational Meeting On The State Of Skaneateles Lake Fisheries at the Homer Intermediate School auditorium, 58 Clinton Street, Homer, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) At the meeting, DEC will present summaries of the latest available fisheries research and management strategies and actions on Skaneateles Lake, including future management of the recently established walleye population and contributions from the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program and Eastern Finger Lakes Angler Diary Cooperator Program. The formal presentation is expected to last approximately one hour. An informal question and answer session related to Skaneateles Lake fisheries will follow DEC's presentation. DEC annually stocks Skaneateles Lake with trout. An ongoing Angler Diary Cooperator Program for gamefish provides DEC Fisheries staff with useful data on population trends. Information on the Angler Diary Program and recent reports can be viewed on DEC's website. DEC is continually seeking new cooperators and interested volunteers are encouraged to contact the Region 7 Fisheries Office at (607) 753-3095 ext 213 or fwfish7@dec.ny.gov

21 - Migration Mania Birding Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the migration seasons. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van to explore Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

21 - NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Naples Creek – Crew starts just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge. (9:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.  (For information call 585-226-5324)

22 – NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) – Crew starts in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County. (10:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.  (For information call 585-226-5324)

22 – Registration Deadline for April 12th Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations: The exams are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at most DEC Regional Offices across the state. To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC Special Licenses Unit website and complete an exam registration form. Applicants can mail, fax, or email the completed form to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752 Phone: 518-402-8985, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Dinner at the Elmira Holiday Inn Riverview, 760 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Chad McDonald 607-738-2050 cltcmcdolald24@yahoo.com) 

23 - 8th Annual Fisherman’s Paradise Flea Market/Swap Meet at the Alexander Firemen’s Rec Hall, 10708 Route 98, Alexander, NY.

23 – Lake Ontario Fisheries Symposium sponsored by NY Sea Grant and the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Promotion Council at the Finger Lakes Mall (adjacent to Bass Pro), Auburn, NY. (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)  Come see presentations and expert panels to learn about everything from fish basics to cutting edge technology. Door prizes, kids activities, fish tanks and displays, outdoor and fishing gear vendors, and more. Something for everyone from beginners to seasoned veterans. Presenters and panelists will include professional anglers, managers, and scientists from around Lake Ontario. (For information/register for free go to https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/LakeOntarioFisheriesSymposium_112.)

23 - Make A Reusable Bag at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 - 4:00 pm) Stop in with your old t-shirts and plastic bags and we’ll help you transform them into reusable bags for all your shopping needs. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – CrossRoads Limbhangers Chapter Dinner at the Lima Country Club, 7470 Chase Road, Lima, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Neil Gottfried  585-245-3051  longbeardg@gmail.com)

23 – Elmira Beagle Club Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 1485 Breesport-N Chemung Road, Lowman, NY (8:00 am Beagle Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Timothy Hall 607-331-1660  or email moc.evil@selgaebtniopkcehc)

23 - Greater Rochester QDMA Banquet at the Double Tree, Rochester. (4:30 pm) (For information call David Perotto, 585-410-5551.)

23-24 – 41st Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

26 – Wildlife Rehabilitation by Margie Hanrahan and staff from Messenger Woods at the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited monthly meeting at the Orvis Shop, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (7:30 pm)  They will have some birds from the center with them.  The public is welcome.

30 - Otisco Lake Rod & Gun Club Traders Day at the Club, Rte. 174 (3015 Marietta Rd.), Marietta, NY (one mile south of Rte. 20). For more info call Keith Severson, 607-343-1906.

30 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Terry Young 585-343-8350 tyoung14143@gmail.com)  

30 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Catharine Valley Long Spurs Chapter Dinner at the Watkins Glen Community Center, Route 414, Watkins Glen, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Wally Wasson 607-546-4859 wasson3970@aol.com)

30 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Richard Gerlach 716-857-0586 r905g@yahoo.com) 

30 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Wito at Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, NY (9:00 am) A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Becky Werchowski 716-942-6858 viewofcountry@yahoo.com)

30 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (3:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $12.00/5:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy – $12.00/7:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $12.00) (For information call Larry Morley at 607-387-9803)

30 - Elmira Beagle Club Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 1485 Breesport-N Chemung Road, Lowman, NY (8:00 am Beagle Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Timothy Hall 607-331-1660  or email moc.evil@selgaebtniopkcehc)

30 - Fly Fishing Academy in Campbell, NY, offered by the International Federation of Fly Fishers, (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) One-day comprehensive introduction to fly-casting and fly-fishing, for ages 11-adult. Rod/reel provided for use in class if you do not have your own. Class size is limited; pre-register necessary. (For information/registration contact Matt Towner (607-542-0285) mtowner23@gmail.com, or Kirk Klingensmith at 607-346-7189 or email kklingensmi@stny.rr.com.)

30 - Who’s Awake at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) On this walk we will search for early risers and migrants in the woods. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

30 – Birding 101: Class #3 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) What bird am I? Come learn the general types of birds found in the woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

30 - Braddock Bay Hawk Watch Trip meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Braddock Bay is a bird migration hot spot located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario just west of Rochester, New York and early spring is the perfect time to look to the skies for many species of raptors migrating through the area. Join us for a day-long van trip to Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) for the chance to see hundreds (thousands if the conditions are right) of hawks, vultures, eagles, owls, waterfowl and songbirds migrating overhead. We’ll meet with BBRR President Daena Ford for a live bird of prey presentation, take a short walk through Owl Woods searching for roosting Saw Whet Owls and Long-eared Owls, and we’ll also explore the raptor banding station. Please pack a lunch, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Fee: $20/child, $30/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

30-31 – 41st Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

30-31 – Alaskan Shoot (Archery) at Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St, Alden, NY. (7:00 am) (For information call Nadine Fulle, 716-427-9076.)

30-4/27 – Eagle Watch at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at Cayuga Overlook on Route 77, Alabama, NY (1-4 pm) (For information call 585-948-5445.)

31 - Close of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property (8:00 am B 4:00 pm) (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeks (Allegany County), Clear Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry Creek, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Wiscoy Creek (Minus Section 2 mile Each Side of East Hillside Road Bridge), East Koy Creek, Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam and Clear Creek from Mouth to County Line (Wyoming County)

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

31 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Between-the-Lakes Chapter Dinner at the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, 6894 Yamell Road, Ovid, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Shane Hayward 607-351-8830 shanehayward9@gmail.com) 

31 - Finger Lakes Trollers Fishing Tackle, Outdoor Show and Flea Market at the Community Center at Clute Park, Watkins Glen, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) New, used and antique fishing tackle,fishing charters,archery, turkery hunting stuff,etc. There will be about 70 tables set up. (Tables are sold out). (Admission is $2.00 with kids under 10 free. Parking is free.) (For information call Mike Burt 607-765-9866)

APRIL 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee (>10/15)

1 - Start of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County), Rushford Lake (Allegany County) (>11/30)

1 – Start Lake, Brown, Rainbow and Atlantic Salmon in the tributaries of Canadice, Canandiagua, Hemlock, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Otisco, and Skaneateles Lakes (>12/31)

1-30 -  Celebrate Otisco Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, the only lake you can walk across in every season (via a causeway)! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

3 - DEC Turkey Study by NYSDEC Biologist Emilio Rende at Michael’s Banquet Facility on Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. This presentation will be part of the WNY Chapter of the Safari Club Intentional monthly meeting. This meeting is free and open to the public. (For information call 716-649-4038)

3 - How To Avoid Nuisance Bear Encounters at the Frederick Carder Elementary School, 289 State Street, Corning, NY. (6:00 pm) A DEC presentation on black bears and how to avoid nuisance bear encounters. The discussion will include information about black bear ecology and behavior, as well as steps residents can take to avoid conflicts with bears. Black bears have increased in number and range across all of southern New York State, including the Southern Tier over the past 35 years. This has led to an increase in the number of bear conflicts in the area. The presentation is free and open to the public. (For information call 607-776-2165.)

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Dinner at the Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Richard Vendel 585-872-4565) 

6 - Second Annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) (For information call 716-366-3000 ext. 420 or email mpatton@observertoday.com.)

6 - Niagara Musky Association’s 25th Anniversary Banquet at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) (For information/tickets call Scott McKee at 716-225-3816.)

6 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Annual Awards Banquet at the Cornell Cooperative Extension - Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY. (5:30 pm) (For information/tickets call Dave Whitt at 716-754-2133 by March 29.)

6 – Birder Boot Camp: Intro to Birding at the Beaver Meadow Nature Center, N. Java, NY. (10:00 am to noon.) (For information/pre-register call 585-457-3228.)

6 -  Family Nature Quest: Busy Beavers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Celebrate International Beaver Day with a short guided walk to visit a beaver lodge and look for clues of active beaver. Try out your engineering skills and build your own beaver dam. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

6 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Scott Wilcox at 607-533-4707)

6 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Lake Chapter Dinner at the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

6 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $10.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

6 - Elmira Beagle Club Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 1485 Breesport-N Chemung Road, Lowman, NY (8:00 am Beagle Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Timothy Hall 607-331-1660  or email moc.evil@selgaebtniopkcehc)

6 - Ducks Unlimited – Rochester and Western Monroe County Chapter Dinner and Live Auction at the Salmon Creek Country Club, 355 Washington Street, Spencerport NY. (5:30 pm) Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse this trend. (Cost: $65 Single, $100 Couple) (For information call Sofiea Ayers 585-331-2593  sofiea.ayers@duncanfamilyfarms.net or Tom Kelly  585-727-7679.) 

6 - Brighton Henrietta Pittsford 39th Annual DU Dinner at the Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road. Penfield, NY (6:00 pm) This year the BHP Chapter is looking to take our yearly event to the next level. Exciting must have items will be found in our various raffles, silent, and main auction events. We are limiting our number of tickets sold to the first 170 people who register, and pay, for this dinner as we focus to provide the optimum experience for our attendees. As previously mentioned advanced payment for dinner tickets is required as we will no longer accepting payments at the door, so it is critical you purchase your reservations by Friday, March 24th. (Cost: Single $90.00/Couple $145.00) (For information call Rae Mungillo 585-671-6888 raemo44@rochester.rr.com or Pete Grondin 585-880-2035  petergrondin@yahoo.com)

6-7 – Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds,  off Route 353, Little Valley NY. (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) ($5.00 admission) (For information call Jim Miller at 716-938-6928)

7 - Spring Shoot at the Ellery Rod & Gun Club, 4005 Pancake Hill Road, Bemus Point, NY. (9:00 am), The Shoot will include Lucky Shot and Slug. Bring your own size 7 1/2 or size 8 shot shells. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 11 for $6. Raffles too! Open to the public. (For information call 716-499-1118.)

7 - Finger Lakes Friends of NRA Banquet at the Harbor Hotel, 16 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY (3:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Kayla West 607-351-1382  flfriendsnra@gmail.com)

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County

Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Youngstown Vounteer Fire Company, 625 Third Street, Youngstown, NY (3:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse 716-791-3151 plederhous@aol.com) 

11 - Lake Erie and Niagara River Fisheries Update at the Southtowns Walleye club located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. The meeting will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River. Topics covered will include the status of Cold water Communities by DEC Biologist Jim Markham, Warm Water fish communities by NYSDEC Unit leader Jason Robinson, An Update on Barotrauma in Lake Erie Perch by Jesse Lepak of Sea Grant, and Inspiring Environmental Leadership and Stewardship by Sandy Smith from Nichols School Faculty. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices, in co-operation with NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan and The Southtowns Walleye Association. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required. (For information call 716-851-7000.)

11 - Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Basin Bins at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 6:00 pm) Join an interactive workshop by NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant that provides educators with an intro to the resources and classroom activities in the Great Lakes Educator Ecosystem Exchange (GLEEE) Basin Bins. Participants will receive a $50 stipend and refreshments. For educators of students in grades K- 12. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion , NY. (5:30 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Robert St John 585-682-4495 st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com) 

13 – Wild Animal Shoot (Archery) at Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St, Alden, NY. (7:00 am) (For information call Nadine Fulle, 716-427-9076.)

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Forbidden Trail Chapter Dinner at the Addison American Legion Post 730, 85 Maple Street, Addison, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Wayne Metarko  607-359-4278  bowanna41364@yahoo.com)

13 - Vireos For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn about the vireos that migrate to and through Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13-14 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

14 -  National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Richard Gerlach 716-857-0586 r905g@yahoo.com) 

15 – End of Snow Goose Hunting Season in Western New York

16 - Southern Tier Friends of NRA Event at the Double Tree by Hilton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call Megan Clark 607-738-2574 or email beckme75@gmail.com)

18 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter Dinner at Club 86, Avenue E, Geneva, NY. (5:30 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Scott Mackenzie 315-521-2937 scott.mackenzie30@hotmail.com) 

18 - The Art of Conservation with Jennifer Miller sponsored by the Pfeiffer Nature Center, at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, NY. (6:30 pm) Explore how visual art and conservation can benefit one another in this talk by Federal Duck Stamp artist Jennifer Miller. Jennifer will describe her experiences with the Federal Duck Stamp and share her passion for reaching out with her work to inspire the public to care about the natural world. Learn how a love of nature can blossom into a passion and an unusual, adventurous and rewarding, career! (Fee:  Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (Register by 4 PM, Tuesday, April 16th, 2019.) (For informatio/register call 716-933-0187 or email naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org)

20 - Animal Superpowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans. On this walk, you will learn about some of these amazing residents. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

 20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Terry Young 585-409-1804 tyoung14143@gmail.com

20 - Pompey Rod & Gun Club Show & Sportsman’s Flea Market at the Club, Swift Road, Pompey, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For more info call Robert Fallert 315-656-8810.)

20 - Elmira Beagle Club Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 1485 Breesport-N Chemung Road, Lowman, NY (8:00 am Beagle Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Timothy Hall 607.331.1660  or email moc.evil@selgaebtniopkcehc) 

20 - Elmira Beagle Club Beagle Event at Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club, 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (3:00 pm Beagle Hunt-World Qualifying Event - $20.00) (For information call Timothy Hall 607-331-1660  or email moc.evil@selgaebtniopkcehc)

20 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (11:00 am – Beagle Hunt-World Qualifying Event - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483 or email moc.liamtoh@sabrll )

20-21 – NYS Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 45 18-19 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

21 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Scott Wilcox at 607-533-4707)

22 - Earth Day Home Energy Action Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:30 pm) Celebrate Earth Day by discovering solar power programs and incentives available in your community. Explore home energy efficiency programs and learn practical tips for saving money by conserving energy at home. Door prizes and refreshments provided. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - The Beauty of Bats sponsored by the Pfeiffer Nature Center, at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, NY. (6:30 pm) While it is a fact that bats rank high on the list of disliked species, it is also a fact that bats are greatly misunderstood.   Bats are not the creepy, scary and vicious animals they are sometimes made out to be.  Folks who love animals know that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness and bats are no exception.  Join us for this entertaining and enlightening talk as we explore the world of bats.  We will discover how necessary, beneficial and wonderful bats are to have as neighbors. This program is free and open to the public.   Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is not required.  Bat Boxes will be available at the program for a $15 donation. (For informatio/register call 716-933-0187 or email naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org)

26 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Dinner at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Route 48. Fulton, NY. (6:00 pm)A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Bruce Bailey 315-695-5113 dinlepuss@hotmail.com)

26 - Citizen Science: Project Squirrel at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Come join us as we learn how to be citizen scientists and record squirrel sightings in the woods. Once you've learned, you can record at home too. For children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27 - Outdoor Skills at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) In this program, you will build an emergency shelter from natural materials and practice navigation and fire building techniques. For adults and children age 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Who’s in the pond? Who’s flying over the pond? And who’s hiding in the reeds? Learn about the ducks and wetland birds of Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27 - Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew,NY (5:00 pm) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (Cost: $50.00) (For information call Bob Siemen 716-870-6871 or email nffnrabob@nffnra.org)

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Dinner at Quality Inn, North Main Street,
Newark, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Mark Salerno 315-879-8960 msalerno@marshallfarms.com)

27 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Dansville Fire Department
11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 4-12-19. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Shannon Griese, 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

27-28 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call Bruce Johnston  716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

27-28 – Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, Genesee River. (TIMES - Headquarters Opens at 12 pm, Friday April 26/Saturday Fishing 6 am to 7 pm/Sunday Fishing 6 am to 5 pm) (Registration Sites: Wellsville Town Clerk Office - 156 N. Main St., Wellsville Chamber of Commerce - 114 N. Main St., Strope Outdoor Supply - 5 William St. Addison NY. Over $25,000 money and 450 tagged fish. (FEES - If you register before April 1st the fee is $15, after April 1st the fee is $20) (For information/register go online to www.Trout-Derby.com or call 585-596-9274.)

MAY 2019

1-31 - Celebrate Conesus Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, with an award winning stream bank erosion remediation! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

3 - Central NY Friends of NRA Event at the Barbagallos Restaurant, 6344 East Molloy Road, E. Syracuse, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call James Middleton at 315-695-3981 or email: jmiddlet@twcny.rr.com)

3-5 – Birds of Prey Days at Braddock Bay, 199 East Manitou Road, Rochester, NY.

4 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s 13th Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) The 13th Annual Wildlife Festival will celebrate the importance of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for 300 bird species that are found in this globally significant Important Bird Area. “The Montezuma Wetlands Complex serves as a vital rest stop for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during the spring and autumn migration, said Chris Lajewski, Montezuma Audubon Center Director. “Additionally, the Complex is home to nine active Bald Eagle nests and an amazing 74 Bald Eagles during the winter months. The Wildlife Festival is an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to explore and celebrate the birds and habitats of this dynamic ecosystem and interact with a variety of vendors from across New York State.” (Festival admission is $5/person, $20/family.) (For information call 315-365-3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.)

4 - Woods Walk: Insects In Sprng at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Explore the woods to see what insects are out. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

4 - Gardening For Migrating Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn what a monarch waystation is, why they’re important and how to make your own. Provide habitat for butterflies, and register your garden to a nation-wide map! For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

10-19 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

11 - 6th Annual Bird Walk with Mahlon and Eleanor Hurst Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve, Townsend Rd, Branchport, NY  (8:00 am – 10:00 pm) Join us for a walk through the FLM&A's Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve wetlands to discover what bird species are migrating and nesting there. Last year over 40 species were identified by sight and sound! Please wear sturdy boots that can withstand wet, mud, and uneven ground, and bring your binoculars and journals! Parking is available on either side of Townsend Road. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

11 - Educator Workshop: Aquatic Wild + Great Lakes Bins at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am -3:00 pm) Join an interactive workshop by NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant with an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on Great Lakes wildlife and ecosystems. Participants receive a curriculum guide and an intro to Great Lakes Educator Ecosystem Exchange (GLEEE) Basin Bins, plus a $75 stipend and lunch. For educators of students in grades K- 12. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11 - Warblers For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn about the colorful warblers that migrate to and through Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13- Cayuga Bird Club Presentation - Birding the Caldera of a Supervolcano in Arizona by Meg Richardson and Carl Steckler at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY. (7:30 – 9:00 pm) This trip added 43 life birds to Carl’s life list and provided an exceptional look at the life in the desert. Southeast Arizona is truly a birder’s and photographer’s paradise. Arizona is a vast landscape of bold color, formations and piercing beauty. The southeastern corner is no exception. Isolated mountains called “Sky Islands,” the remnants of a supervolcano, rise abruptly from the arid desert highlands and harbor a tremendous variety of plant and animal life. Carl and Meg will give a brief geological history of the Tucson area and its flora and fauna. Club business begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow. Everyone is welcome! (For information call 800-843-2473 or email lms9@cornell.edu.)

14 - Timber Frame Raising at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. Join us on this exciting day as we raise our Timber Frame Pavilion in the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve. The timbers for this pavilion were tooled to perfection by a great team taught by Rob Hughes in a 2018 workshop. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

18 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

18 - 2nd Annual GCBA Kids' Fishing Derby at Club Terrace (Summerville), Rochester NY (7:00 – 10:00 am) This is a free event and no license is required for parents. Prizes will be by length of fish. (For information contact Larry Hammond  captlarry@bullseyecharter.com)

18 - The Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Perch Contest. The event is open to members only ($35) and the contest fee is $10 per angler. They give away cash prizes and have a fish fry at the end of the contest for the contestants. It’s a great time.

19 - Jimmy Griffin Memorial “Teach Me to Fish” Day at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY. (2:00 – 5:00 pm)  The event is for kids 15 years of age and under, who would like to learn about fishing. There will be numerous hands-on learning stations, free prizes hand outs and Sahlen hotdogs. The event is free. (For information contact Dave Barus at 716-597-4081.)

21 - 2019 Third Annual Arc Foundation’s Sporting Clays and Clinic Event at the Rochester Brooks International Trap and Skeet Club, 962 Honeoye Falls #6 Rd, Rush, NY (11:00 am – 6:00 pm) Please join us in the great outdoors for The Arc Foundation’s Sporting Clays Tournament! Arc’s mission is to create an inclusive society where the people we support may live truly integrated lives and reach their full potential as a part of our community. (Fees: $500.00 - Tournament Foursome Entry: Entry for four shooters to the tournament and dinner ; $125.00 - Tournament Single Entry: Entry for one shooter to the tournament and dinner: $75.00 - Skeet Clinic and Dinner Ticket: Participation in skeet clinic and dinner for one; and $50.00 - Dinner Ticket: Dinner for one) (for information go to ARCMONROE.ORG/EVENTS)

23 - Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen Banquet at the Waterloo Sportsmen’s Club, 2654 Edwards Road, Waterloo, NY. (6:00 pm) (For information call Fred Beary 351-651-0115.)

25 - Surviving White-tailed Deer at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn facts and myths about white-tailed deer and how to keep them from destroying your gardens. For adults only. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Lightning-Fast Hummingbirds at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Leap into the stunning physical abilities and light-speed lives of the world’s tiniest birds. Includes a guided pollinator walk and observation at our hummingbird feeders. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

25 - Birding 101: Class #5 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which ones to look for during the summer season. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email einsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

30 - L.L. Bean Partner Clinic at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Rd, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm)  More details coming soon about the topic that will be covered! (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

JUNE 2019  

1 - Free Take a Kid Fishing Clinic at Dunkirk Memorial Park/Dunkirk Yacht Club (Lake Erie) sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and others. (8:00 am - Noon) (For information call Gene Pauszek, 716-366-1772)

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

6-16 - 35th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. The top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. On-line application at www.southtownswalleye.org. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. (For information call Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372).

8 – 22st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to adk-gvc.org/expo)

8 - BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training Programs at Fleet Boat Club, 1384 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY. Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating come learn. No experience necessary! There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our participants. Sometimes weather can be a limiting factor on the water. If the weather forecast is questionable, we will contact you no later than 24 hours before your scheduled course. It is a fun, easy, and affordable way to develop your sea legs! Two courses are available: Course 1 – Intro to Boating – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding. Course 2 - Women Making Waves (Women Only) – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding.

Spots are filling fast. (Cost: $129.00 per course.) (For information/register go to https://boatusfoundation.ticketspice.com/fleet-boat-club-rochester-ny.)   

15 – Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

16 – Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98) Alexander, NY (8:00 am – 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

21-22 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

29 - The Monroe County Offshore Classic put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dream Factory. Anglers can sign up at Mitchel's Bait and Tackle, 4531 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY; South Bay Boat and Tackle, 4531 Lake Ave, Rochester NY and B-E Fishing Tackle Inc. 6275 Dean Parkway, Ontario NY. (Entry Fee:  $200 per boat with cash payouts) (For information go to 2019-Monroe-County-Offshore-Classic (1).docx)

29-7/28 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Cash and prizes with a grand prize for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

JULY 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Canandaigua Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, home to the smallest island in the Finger Lakes! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

20 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Debbie Lyon, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Program Director, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2-4 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament. (For information contact Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.) (LOC) Fall derby is Aug. 16 – Sept. 2. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Derby is August 22-23. Contact Capt. Jim Steel at 983-7867.

3 - 2019 Paddle Keuka 5K Race & Sponsorships at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the 4th year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. Pre-registration for the race will end at 9pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019. RACE CATEGORIES: Please indicate which category you will be participating in when registering. Recreational: boats up to 17 feet in length. This category is for fun, and is open to the novice paddler and less experienced racer. If your boat is primarily used for recreation (not racing), this is the category for you. Unlimited: racing boats in excess of 17 feet in length. This category is for the more experienced racer. *Race start time may be adjusted in case of inclement weather. Must be 17 years old to participate. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

8 - Lake Ontario Friends of NRA Event at the Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Pt Road, Fairport, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information call David Dentico 315-986-1717 or email ddentico@aol.com)

10 - Annual Flea Market and Chicken BBQ at The Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association, 3201 Co Route 15, Pulaski, NY. (Flea Market – 8:00 am/BBQ – Noon). (For information call 315-387-6310.)

16-9/2 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Cash and prizes with a grand prize for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

23-24 - The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge at Dunkirk Harbor. 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 65 boats, $500 entry fee, 6-walleye weigh-in. Registration deadline: August 1.  (For information contact Jim Steel 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.) 

SEPTEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

7 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

14-15 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

OCTOBER 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

12-13 - 13th Annual Southern Tier Recreation & Sportsman Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, Bath, NY (Sat - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Free seminars on bass fishing, NY black bear, fishing from shore, trout streams of NY, river recreation, invasive insects, food plots, women and archery, retriever training and tracking wounded deer. For youth – fishing, archery, turkey calling and petting zoo. (For information call 607-664-2300 or go to www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com)

13 - Midstate Arms Collectors Lisle Gun & Knife Show at the Lisle Fire Co., 9990 Main Street, Route 79 North, Lisle, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (85 tables.) (Cost: $5.00.) (For information call Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.)

NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

DECEMBER 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Canadice Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, the highest and smallest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

JANUARY 2020

 

FEBUARY 2020

22 - The Niagara River Anglers Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest. (Sunrise – 2:00 pm) Tournament boundaries include Lake Ontario and its tributaries, as well as the Lower Niagara River. Fish can be caught from boat or shore. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston, the Slippery Sinker in Olcott or at the launch ramp in Lewiston the morning of the contest. (For more information check out www.niagarariveranglers.com or call Paul Jackson at 731-4780. Entry forms should also be available at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston and The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.)