Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings
Saturday: 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 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.
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.
Saturday: 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. This is the last count day at JNC for the year. The final count day at North Mountain Park is March 27. For information on counting birds at home for Project FeederWatch, go online to www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/.
Saturday: Rogue Valley Audubon Society birdwalk at TouVelle State Park. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot on the south side of the Rogue River. Walk will finish around noon. Leader is Harry Fuller: 541-488-8077, email@example.com.
Saturday: 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: Jefferson Nature Center Field Trip, sponsored by the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Nature Center building. Contact Judd Hurley for information at 541-621-3918.
April 7: Audubon Society first-Wednesday birdwalk to Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area near White City. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 541-482-6589.
April 18: Rogue Valley Audubon Society third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Leader is Harry Fuller, 541-488-8077.
April 24: 2010 Birdathon is a fundraiser for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society in which teams of up to four birders compete to identify the most species in a 24-hour period. Teams round up sponsors to pledge a dollar amount per species. Organizer is Harry Fuller. Contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com; 541-488-5886.
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.
Bridge The Gap Run
April 24: Sixth annual event features a 5K and 10K run starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $15 by April 19. Day of race cost is $20.
For details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.bridgethegaprun.com.
Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
July 10: The 12th annual trail run includes a 50K and 15K event. The race starts at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and proceeds west on a combination of trail and dirt roads. Registration is limited to 225 runners in each event. Go to www.siskiyououtback.com to register. Proceeds from the race benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Native Plant Society truffle talk
Tonight: “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
Saturday: Oregon Caves National Monument begins a new season this weekend. 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.
Whale Watch Week
Saturday-March 27: Rain or shine, whale traffic off the Oregon coast should be at its peak for the annual spring watch week March 20-27, according to Park Ranger Morris Grover of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Whale Watching Center at Depoe Bay.
"This migration is off to a fast start," said Grover. "That usually means it will reach its peak before the end of the month, like next week."
More than 400 trained volunteers will be at 26 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week. They will be there to answer questions and give advice about spotting some of the 18,000-plus gray whales cruising north from their breeding grounds off Mexico's Baja coast to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic.
Maps of the "Whale Watching Spoken Here" viewpoints, information on charter boat and airplane tours, and whale watching tips are online at www.whalespoken.org.
Klamath County Museum
Saturday: A major new exhibit opening at the Klamath County Museum will highlight the Klamath Basin's diverse forests and the role they've played in the region's history. The exhibit, titled “Forests for Everyone — Klamath's Living Legacy,” is the largest new attraction offered by the museum in many years, according to county officials. The exhibit, covering 1,700 square feet, was built at a cost of more than $600,000. Thirteen specific topics are addressed in the exhibit, starting with how forests looked in the age before European settlement, and the role of fire in the woods. A wetland diorama offers a close-up view of fish habitat and a beaver lodge. A crawl-through log will give youngsters a chance to discover animals that can be found in downed trees, and interactive exhibits will allow visitors to hear sounds of the forest or see how modern mapping techniques help foresters manage timberlands. Large replicated trees create the atmosphere of a real forest, serving as the backdrop for numerous taxidermied animals, including a wood rat, beaver, coyote, night heron, goshawk, marmot, black bear, cougar and elk. To celebrate the new exhibit, the museum will offer half-price admission through spring break. Discount rates of $2.50 for adults and $2 for students and seniors will be in effect March 20-28. The museum will be open every day through spring break, including weekends. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 541-883-4208 or go online to www.klamathcountymuseum.org.
Rogue Valley Tracking Club
March 28: The club, free and open to all ages and experience levels, meets the last Sunday of every month at North Mountain Park in Ashland, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring water, snack and weather-appropriate clothing. Register at 541-482-0513, or go to www.coyotetrails.org for more information.
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 email@example.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.