Get Out: March 11, 2011

HIKING, SNOWSHOEING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

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. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. Advance reservations are recommended. For information or to sign up, call 541-594-3100.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, March 12:
Intermediate ski tour and weenie roast at Brown Mountain Shelter. Call Kellie Barry at 541-821-7147 for details.

Saturday, March 12: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for time and place.

Sunday, March 13: Beginner lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.

Wednesday, March 16: Intermediate ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.

Saturday, March 19: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27: Weekend ski outing to Bend. Call Dave Baker at 541-944-6145 for details.

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27: John Craig Memorial Mail Carry Race and Weekend Ski Tour in Sisters. Call Stefanie Ferrara at 541-776-3987 for details.

Saturday, March 26: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.

Saturday, April 2: Formal ski tour at Grouse Gap. Call Ron or Paula Gardner at 541-776-4581 for details.

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 12:
10K exploration of Grants Pass that the group calls its “Name That Park” walk, one of four walks they do in Grants Pass. Meet at 10 a.m. at Ray's Food Place parking lot on 7th Street near Savage. For more information, call 541-471-0713.

Saturday, March 26: 10K walk in Ashland. Meet at 10 a.m. in Ashland at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou at Sherman. There is also a 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.


RUNNING

Shamrock Run
Saturday, March 12:
The annual, five-mile race follows a new course this year. The event starts at 9 a.m. at Crater High School, 4410 Rogue Valley Blvd., Central Point. Preregistration runs until Tuesday, March 8. Race-day registration costs $15. Go to the Southern Oregon Runners website for online registration and details at www.sorunners.org.

Pear Blossom Run
Saturday, April 9:
Registration is under way for the 35th annual Pear Blossom 10-miler. There's also a Heart & Sole 5K race. To register online, go to www.pearblossomrun.com. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 1. Entry forms also are available at various outlets around town, or you can get one in the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelope to Pear Blossom Run, P.O. Box 146, Medford, OR 97501.


CYCLING

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.


BIRDING

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, March 12: Birdwalk to Agate Lake
, led by KBO volunteer Harry Fuller, to look for raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds along the lake, and for resident songbirds in the surrounding fields and oak woodlands. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.

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, March 12:
Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, behind Harry & David Field. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. The program alternates weekends through March with the FeederWatch program at Ashland's North Mountain Park. Free.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, March 19:
Birding trip, led by Harry Fuller, to find wintering raptors and beat the bushes for some unusual sparrows in the grasslands and oak woodland at Whetstone Savannah. Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Central Point at the unpaved parking lot east of Exit 33 off I-5. Group will make time for stop at the Medford airport to look for wintering short-eared owls.


EVENTS

Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society Of Oregon
Thursday, March 17:
Stephen Meyers will discuss news from the Oregon Flora Project. Meyers is the new taxonomic director responsible for coordinating the development of an Oregon flora — the primary reference manual for determining the scientific names of plants. See www.oregonflora.org for more information. The talk will be at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., meeting and program begin at 7:30. For details, contact Kristi at 541-941-3744.


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