Native Plant Society
Saturday, July 16: Midsummer on Grizzly Peak. Walk between walls of Tower Larkspur and Monkshood to the top of Grizzly Peak, then check out the summer bloom along the loop trail. Distance is 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,350 feet. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘N' Kart parking lot in Ashland. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz, 541-482-1964.
Saturday, July 23: Evening hike to Bigelow Lakes/Mount Elijah. Lee Webb will lead the group to ideal places for botanizing and long-eared owl and bat watching. Bring dinner, warm clothes, flashlight and sturdy hiking boots. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction, 1/2 block from Highway 199 on Highway 46; return by midnight. For details, call Webb at 541-479-6859.
Saturday, July 30: Field trip to Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area in Siskiyou County, Calif., with Alex Maksymowicz. This area in the Eddy Mountains west of Mount Shasta contains numerous and interesting flora in a small area with a diversity of dry and wet habitats, including a Darlingtonia fen. Easy-to-moderate 2-mile, round-trip hike, with 600-foot elevation gain. Meet 8 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘N' Kart parking lot in Ashland, about 1/4 mi west of I-5, exit 14.
Lithia Park nature walks
Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department lead 60- to 90-minute nature walks in Lithia Park. The walks start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free. No reservations needed. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, geology and park history. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park across from the Plaza in Ashland. For more information, call 541-552-2264.
Sierra Club backpacking trips
Friday-Sunday, July 8-10: Hike to VIP Pond in Young's Valley portion of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Trek in is 4.3 miles. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike to Raspberry Lake. Day three features a two-mile hike to another lake before hiking out. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday-Sunday, July 22-24: Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail near Etna, Calif., to Payne Lake in the Russian Wilderness. Hike in will be three miles, with a short trip to explore Albert and Upper Albert lakes. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike along the PCT. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at email@example.com.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Saturday, July 16: The 10th annual 10K run takes place on a hilly, cross-country course on the historic Britt grounds in Jacksonville. Entrants start at 8 a.m. in staggered fashion based on age and sex. The event includes 2- and 4-mile exhibition runs at 7 a.m. and a 100-yard fun run for kids at 7:30 a.m. Register online at www.active.com. For details call race director Dr. Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 (days) or 541-899-1214 (nights), or go to the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, July 9: Birdwalk to Soda Mountain with KBO contractor Frank Lospalluto for high-elevation birding along the Pacific Crest Trail. Group will likely see many songbirds that breed at higher elevations, including Nashville warbler, warbling vireo, western tanager and purple and Cassin's finch. Pileated woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, red crossbill, and mountain quail are also possibilities. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes led by Frank Lospalluto. Group will start around Howard Prairie looking for sandhill crane, western meadowlark, western bluebird, and lark and vesper sparrow. Plan to bring a lunch to eat by the lake; return to Ashland 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.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Birdwalk to Agate Lake led by Karen Hussey and Jeff O'Connell for an exploration of this Medford lake that provides critical habitat for many Rogue Valley bird species. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Sept. 3: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake led by KBO member and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe for an exploration of the trails on the backside of Emigrant Lake. Group will travel to the east end of the lake and follow spur roads to the lakeside trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Trip to Upper Klamath Lake to visit one of KBO's long-term ecological monitoring and bird-banding stations. At the Seven Mile Guard Station on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, group will visit a KBO banding station and have the chance to view many fall migrant songbirds up-close. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $15 KBO members. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Siskiyou Field Institute classes
Saturday, July 9: Mud Springs and Flattop: Mary Paetzel's Butterfly Bog. In June of 1984, local naturalist and writer Mary Paetzel discovered Mariposa copper butterflies — a species that had never before been found in the Siskiyou Mountains — in a Darlingtonia fen at Mud Springs. The class will explore and botanize the Mud Springs-Flattop area with Lee Webb and several of Mary Paetzel's other “field” friends, discuss Paetzel's writings, and do some favorite readings from her work. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Sunday, July 10: Discover the underwater world of salmon, trout, shiners and pikeminnow by swimming with the fish. Class will explore fish life cycles and cold-water habitats as students become accustomed to wearing a wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Some snorkeling equipment and wet suits are available for loan, but it's best to bring your own equipment for this half-day class. Class begins at noon. Advanced registration required, fee $30, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Saturday, July 16: Basic and Mafic Rocks. You can see more types of rock in one day in the Illinois Valley than almost anywhere else: diorites, breccias, limestones, slates and the ever-popular leaverites. Learn how to differentiate among rock types by how much the rock hammer vibrates; how to tell gems from fakes and how to distinguish serpentine from peridotite soils via their “magnetic” personalities. Class begins at 9 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Sunday, July 17: Botany for Beginners: Mount Ashland. The subalpine meadows and forests of Mount Ashland will be the laboratory for an exploration of plant morphology, evolution, family characteristics, and both scientific and common names. Class begins at 9 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Saturday, July 23: The Klamath-Siskiyous are home to one of the most diverse conifer forests in North America. The class will visit locations that highlight these spectacular trees and learn about the interrelationships of site, soil and altitude that make such diversity possible. Participants will use newly acquired identification skills to explore the ecology and morphology of Siskiyou conifers, including a visit to two of Oregon's State Champion trees on a hike to Tannen Lakes in the Red Buttes Wilderness. Class begins at 9 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530, or see www.thesfi.org.
Friday, July 22: Free evening program, “Ponds for Dragonflies and Other Wildlife,” with Kathy and Dave Biggs. Location is the Deer Creek Center in Selma. For more information, call 541-597-8530, or see www.thesfi.org.
Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24: Dragonflies of the State of Jefferson. Day One introduces students to the fascinating world of dragonflies: their biology, life cycles and the identification marks of the skimmers, darners and pond damsels will be taught in a morning PowerPoint presentation, with a field trip to Lake Selmac in the afternoon. Day Two introduces species of dragonflies not commonly found on lowland ponds and lakes. The late morning will be spent visiting nearby streams and rivers, and in the afternoon the class will carpool to a high mountain lake. Sign up for just the introductory class, just the intermediate class, or both. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday; 8 a.m. on Sunday. Advanced registration required, fee $50/day, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Saturday, July 30: Birding Siskiyou Mountains and Meadows. Head for the high country with Dennis Vroman and Romain Cooper to observe both resident birds and seasonal migrants in Siskiyou mountain meadows. This course is timed to coincide with the upslope migration of birds that nest at lower elevations and migrate to the mountains. The course will offer a special focus on bird plumages and molting cycles, as this is a time when juvenile birds dominate the landscape. Class begins at 6 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Share your favorite hiking trails
Wednesday, July 20: Learn about favorite local hiking trails, and share your favorite hikes in the area with others, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The library will provide maps and books, and a few hiking enthusiasts who are willing to share their choice spots. Call the library at 541-774-6996 for more information.