Get Out: March 4, 2010

HIKING, SNOWSHOEING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings
March 20: Brown Mountain shelter ski
and weenie roast, novice-plus. Call Kellie for details at 541-821-7147.

March 26-28: Ski weekend in Sisters/Bend. All levels; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.

April 3: Formal ski (costumes). Location to be determined; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.
Sierra Club hikes

March 13: Hobart Bluff snowshoe; seven miles; difficult. For details, contact Cathy Edwards at 541-210-0204.

March 27: Moderate hike, Little Hyatt Lake, weather dependant; Contact Carol Walker at 541-488-8517 or Carol Ingelson at 541-245-6380.

Crater Lake Snowshoe Walks
Through April 25:
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Crater Lake National Park. The walks last about 90 minutes and cover one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. There is no cost, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. Sign up at the Visitor Center or by calling 541-594-3100. Participants should be at least 8 years old. Come prepared with warm, water-resistant clothing and footwear.

KS Wild: Rogue Hike
Saturday:
Take a guided hike into the Zane Gray Roadless Area along the wild Rogue River. This old-growth forest and river corridor is the heart of KS Wild's Save the Wild Rogue campaign. A bill is currently moving through Congress to permanently protect the area. Meet at Evo's cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m., at Gooseberries Natural Foods in Grants Pass at 10:45 a.m., or at the Grave Creek boat ramp by 11:15 a.m. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact laurel@kswild.org or call 541-488-5789 for more info.

Herb walks
March 27:
Three rain-or-shine spring herb walks led by Debbie Lukas of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs in Cave Junction will be held to explore the vast array of wild and domestic medicinal plants that grow in the Siskiyou region. The first two will be held at the Illinois River Forks State Park from 10 a.m. to noon on March 27 and April 24. The third, from 10 a.m. to noon on May 22, will examine herbs that can be grown in a garden, as demonstrated at the home of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs, the Frog Farm, 9044 Takilma Road (nine miles southeast of Cave Junction). During the walks the class will discuss identifying characteristics, habitat, collection techniques, preparation and uses of herbal plants. The cost is $5 to 15 per walk. Preregistration is not necessary, though some supplies are recommended. For details, contact Lukas at 541-592-3386.


RUNNING

Shamrock Run
March 13:
Five-mile run, sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners, begins at 9 a.m. at the Crater High School track in Central Point. Race-day fee is $10 for all. Race director is Mike Barrett: 541-779-1214. Registration forms and details are available at www.sorunners.org.

Tar ‘N' Trail
March 13:
Six-mile run, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners, features a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and side streets in Ashland. Race starts at the Winburn Way Bridge in Lithia Park. Early entry fee is $15; student entry fee is $8. Race-day entry fee is $20. Proceeds to benefit the Ashland Woodlands & Trail Association. Online entry is available at www.roguevalleyrunners.com, or call 541-201-0014 for details.

Pear Blossom Run
April 10:
Registration is open for the 34th annual Pear Blossom 10-mile and 5K runs. Both events are chip-timed. Go to www.pearblossomrun.com for online registration or information. Printed entry forms are available at the Medford Parks and Recreation Department, Medford Visitors Bureau, Rogue Valley Family YMCA and Rogue Valley Mall. Shirt deadline is March 15.


CYCLING

Road biking

Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: A mellow, 20-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. Starting location varies. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 541-779-6986.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: Cruiser Ride begins at 6 p.m. in Hawthorne Park in Medford. Distance and pace vary. Contact Marty's Cycles at 541-772-9253.

Mountain bike rides

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6 p.m. from Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Highway. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935 or check out www.bikekraft.com.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Ride organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday evening ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday evening ride is usually longer (two-plus hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.com.

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Every Saturday, Medford: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road. The course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one one- to three-mile climb. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for further information and starting time or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.com.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral Hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.


BIRDING

Saturdays: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center in Medford and North Mountain Park in Ashland while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but they should be accompanied by an adult. Time is 9 to 10 a.m. No registration required. Remaining count day at JNC is March 20. Count days at North Mountain Park are March 13 and 27. For information on counting birds at home for Project FeederWatch, go online to www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/.

March 20: Rogue Valley Audubon Society half-day field trip. Meet at 8 a.m. at the nature center at North Mountain Park in Ashland. Group will look for wintering birds and early spring arrivals such as turkey vultures and tree swallows. There should be some spring birdsong and early territorial behavior among year-round residents like bushtits and acorn woodpeckers. Leader is Harry Fuller: 541-488-8077, anzatowhee@yahoo.com.
March 20: Northwest Nature Shop and Klamath Bird Observatory family birdwalk in Lithia Park. Children ages 5-12 and their parents are invited to participate in a fun-filled morning of birding. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring binoculars if you have them. No charge for the class, but space is limited so sign up in advance by calling 541-482-3241.

March 23: Presentation: “Field Work with Hawks and Owls,” by Liz Williams; monthly meeting of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Thousands of hawks, forest owls and songbirds migrate annually through the Boise Foothills, the southwestern-most extension of the Rocky Mountains. This is the site of the Idaho Bird Observatory, and Liz Williams worked as an owl bander and hawk watcher there. She will share her experiences during a slide presentation. Williams, Americorps education specialist for the Klamath Bird Observatory, also will describe her work with California spotted owls in Yosemite National Park, Mexican spotted owls in the Grand Canyon and various other highlights of her experiences as a field biologist throughout the Western United States. Chapter meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly streets, Medford. Enter from the parking lot side of the church.

March 31: Quarterly Wednesday birdwalk at Jefferson Nature Center. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Jefferson Nature Center off South Pacific Highway behind Harry and David Field. For information, call Judd Hurley at 541-621-3918.

May 8-9: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip to the Oregon Coast led by RVAS field trip coordinator Ron Ketchum. Group will meet at 8 a.m. May 8 in the parking lot at Face Rock State Overlook on Beach Loop Road in Bandon. Bring water and lunch; group will bird till 3 p.m. On May 9, meet at 8 a.m. at Bandon Marsh parking area, on Riverside Drive NE, and bird till noon. This is Mother's Day weekend, so early lodging reservations are advised. To join other birders for dinner on Friday and/or Saturday, or to join a carpool, e-mail or call Bill Hering: williamhering@ashlandhome.net; 541-488-5886.


EVENTS

Skiesta Day
Saturday:
Skiesta Day on Mount Ashland is a celebration of the waning of winter and the emergence of spring with discounted lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons. Mt. A will offer a Skiesta Day brunch, provide live music and host its famous Dummy Downhill. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to www.mtashland.com.

Screamin' Tele Lizard Classic
March 13:
The 14th annual Screamin' Tele Lizard Classic at Mount Ashland is back for another year of costumed fun, with racing and a post-event celebration. Proceeds from the event benefit the Special Olympics program. This year's theme is “Lord of the Lizards.” For more information go to www.screamintelelizardclassic.com or contact Zac at 541-535-1804 or e-mail zkauffman@charter.net.

Northwest Fly Fishing Expo
March 12-13:
At the Linn County Fairground and Expo Center in Albany. The NW Expo has been called the “largest fly tying and instruction event west of the Mississippi.” At the event you can view up to 100 tyers, choose from more than 90 classes and check out gear from 55 vendors. Federation of Fly Fishers members get in free, nonmembers pay $5. For details, go to www.nwexpo.com.

Native Plant Society truffle talk
March 18:
“Truffles in Southern Oregon, hidden diversity and complex mutualism.” Explore the diversity of hypogeous fungi (truffles) with researcher Jonathan Frank. The talk is at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., annual meeting for business and election of officers of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Program begins at 7:30. Free, all are welcome. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler for details at 541-941-3744. Note: SOU campus security locks the Science Building at 7:30 so latecomers will be locked out.

Oregon Caves opening
March 20:
Oregon Caves National Monument is preparing to begin a new season. Rangers will begin guiding cave tours March 20 and the Chateau will open for lodging and dining May 6. Visit Oregon Caves’ Web site for details at www.nps.gov/orca or by calling: 541-592-2100.


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