KS Wild Hike
Saturday, July 30: Hike to Mount Elijah and Bigelow Lakes. Seven-mile hike up and around flower-laden Bigelow Lakes to the top of Mount Elijah. Hike will go through the Kangaroo Roadless Area above the Oregon Caves National Monument, an area included in the proposed legislation to create an Oregon Caves National Monument, which would designate the nation's first subterranean Wild and Scenic River, known as the River Styx. Carpools leave from Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 9 a.m., and Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 10:30 a.m. Details at http://kswild.org.
Native Plant Society
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.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, July 23: 10-kilometer walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Rays Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-295-1154.
Saturday, Aug. 6: 10-kilometer walk in historic Jacksonville will begin from the public parking lot on D Street. Meet at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8311. The walk includes a 5K option.
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.
America's Friendliest 5K
Saturday, July 23: This 5K run on Mount Ashland, to benefit Jefferson Public Radio, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge. The course heads up to the summit of Mount Ashland for a half-mile of climbing, then heads downhill the rest of the way. Race-day registration costs $30. Go to www.mta5k.com for information.
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. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and 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 (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Klamath Bird Observatory
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.
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.