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  • Get Out: Feb. 11, 2011

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  • Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
    Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The hikes last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in reasonably good physical condition. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Hikers must have warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. A limited number of hikers can participate in each group hike, so advance reservations are recommended. Hikes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged on weekdays or weekend mornings. The park's visitor center and the Rim Village Cafe and Gift Shop are open daily. For information or to sign up, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Feb. 12: 10K walk in historic Jacksonville. Group will meet, and the walk begins, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot on D Street. There is also a 5K option. For more information call 541-772-8311.
    Saturday, Feb. 26: 10K walk through East Medford begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the Medford Center on Jackson Street near Tinseltown. For more information, call 541-734-3719.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, Feb. 12: Novice ski tour with Seldom. Call 541-585-3855 for details.
    Sunday, Feb. 13: Intermediate ski lessons with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703.
    Wednesday, Feb. 16: Intermediate ski tour with Stefanie Ferrara, 541-890-2979.
    Saturday, Feb. 19: Advanced ski tour at Union Creek led by Andy Dungan. Call 541-488-0796 for meeting place and time.
    Sunday, Feb. 20: 25th annual John Day cross-country ski races at Diamond Lake ranging from 5K to 20K. Call Reider Peterson for details at 541-488-8830.
    Wednesday, Feb. 23: Intermediate ski tour with Stefanie Ferrara, 541-890-2979.
    Friday-Sunday, Feb. 25-27: Weekend ski tours and lesson at Lake of the Woods. Call Stefanie Ferrara for more information at 541-890-2979.
    Saturday, Feb. 26: Advanced/Intermediate ski tour at Burton Butte. Call Andy Dungan, 541-488-0796, for details.
    Sunday, Feb. 27: Intermediate ski lessons with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703.
    Couple Truffle Shuffle
    Saturday, Feb. 12: The 5K and 10K Couple's Classic starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road, Medford. Cost is $10 for solo entrants (10K only) and $15 per couple. Race-day registration is from 8-8:45 a.m. For details call Susan Holt at 541-857-8002 or go to the Southern Oregon Runners website at www.sorunners.org.
    Rogue River Run
    Saturday, Feb. 19: Half Marathon and 5K begin at 9 a.m. at Fleming Park at the corner of Rogue River Highway and Depot Street in Rogue River. Packet pickup is at Fleming Park from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Pre-registration must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 14. No day-of-race registration. For details call Stan Goodell, 541-956-5908, or Robert Vaughn, 541-582-3428, or go to the Southern Oregon Runners website at www.sorunners.org.
    Rogue Valley Stride & Strut
    Saturday, Feb. 26: Fundraiser for Friends of the Animal Shelter starts at 8:30 a.m. at the top of Granite Street in Ashland. The event features a two-mile run or one-mile walk with your dog along Ashland Creek. Entry costs $15, with all net proceeds going to FOTAS. Race-day registration allowed. Special dog treats go to all finishers. Awards in the two-mile division are broken down by weight categories for canine entrants. For details, go to www.roguevalleyrunners.com/racelinks.html.
    Recurring road rides
    Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
    Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
    Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
    Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 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 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
    Recurring mountain bike rides
    Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides 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 ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 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. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
    Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Tuesday, Feb. 22: Hawk expert Dick Ashford will talk about the natural history, habitat and behavior of his favorite raptors at the club's monthly meeting. The talk starts at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 200 Oakwood Drive, Medford.
    Saturday, Feb. 26: Klamath basin field trip led by Jim Harleman and Gwyneth Ragosine to view waterfowl and wintering raptors. It will mostly involve car birding with stops for scoping. Bring lunch and snacks. Trip is limited to 20 people. Sign up by contacting Harleman at 541-664-7124.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, Feb. 12: Birdwalk along the Central Point Greenway led by KBO member and contract biologist Frank Lospalluto. American wigeon will likely be in abundance, and group may also see bufflehead, green-winged teal, ruddy duck and other waterfowl. Group will walk about two miles on a paved path. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Call to register at 541-770-1104.
    Saturday, March 5: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake to spot waterfowl, wading birds, raptors and songbirds wintering at this Ashland lake. Bring a spotting scope if you have one and be prepared for short walks along trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Leader is Harry Fuller. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, April 2: Birdwalk to Lily Glen, Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Lake. New KBO birdwalk leader Gretchen Oosterhout Hunter leads an early spring tour of the Howard Prairie/Hyatt Lakes area. Group will start around Lily Glen horse campground looking for sandhill cranes, raptors, songbirds and shorebirds. Weather will be unpredictable this time of year, so dress in layers and bring a lunch. Group will return to in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Project FeederWatch
    Saturday, Feb. 12: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center with the help of Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. The program alternates weekends with the FeederWatch program at Ashland's North Mountain Park. Jefferson Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, behind Harry & David Field and just before the bridge to U.S. Cellular Sports Park. For information contact Judd Hurley, 541-621-3918. Free.
    Saturday, Feb. 19: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. The program alternates weekends with the FeederWatch program at Medford's Jefferson Nature Center. For ages 10 and up. Free.
    Rock, Mineral, Fossil Show
    Saturday, Feb. 12: Northwest Nature Shop will host a rock, mineral and fossil show at noon, at 154 Oak St., Ashland. In addition to rocks, minerals and fossils on display, the show will include an informative discussion on types of rocks and how we use minerals in everyday life. Participants receive free rock samples. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-482-3241 or visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.
    Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society Of Oregon
    Thursday, Feb. 17: “Genetics of Noble Fir and Red Fir.” David Oline will present the results of an ongoing genetic study that is investigating the distribution and relationships of noble fir and California red fir. In particular, he will address the issue of the intermediate Shasta red fir (Abies magnifica shastensis) in our region, which the genetic data suggest is the result of hybridization. The talk is at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments served at 7:15 p.m.
    Winter Wings Festival
    Friday-Sunday, Feb. 18-20: The 32nd annual Winter Wings Festival, held at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, offers 23 field trips, 17 workshops, seven mini-sessions, two reception events, a banquet dinner and two keynote presentations by nationally recognized leaders in their fields: Writer Jeffrey Gordon and bird photographer Art Morris. The festival is produced by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society. Online registration and mail-in registration are now available. For more information, e-mail the festival at info@winterwingsfest.org; call 877-541-2473; or see www.winterwingsfest.org.
    Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association
    Tuesday, Feb. 22: This is the second of two public hearings to discuss a proposed trail system in the Ashland Watershed. The Ashland Watershed Master Trail Plan includes a proposal cooperatively developed by walkers, runners, bikers, equestrians and other users of the watershed. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gresham Room of the Ashland public library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

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