Saturday, Nov. 5: KS Wild ecologist Rich Nawa will lead an easy one-mile hike on flat ground to see salmon spawning along the East Fork and West Fork Illinois River at 1 p.m. The group will then drive to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby at 3 p.m. to hike about 1/2 mile to see leaping salmon. The trail to Little Falls is steep and rocky near the falls. Illinois Forks State Park turn-off is about 1/2 mile south of Cave Junction. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for information.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 5: This 10K walk in Grants Pass is called the “Name that Park” walk. It begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-734-3719.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Rogue Valley Walkers will explore historic Jacksonville. This 10K walk begins at 10 a.m. in the public parking lot on D Street. Please arrive early so everyone can sign in and become acquainted before the starting time. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 5: The race, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store, starts and ends in Lithia Park. The course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with about two miles of asphalt. Starting time is 8 a.m. For details and to register, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com/racelinks.html.
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, Nov. 5: Birdwalk to Ashland Pond led by local birder Forrest English. Group will look for wood duck, ruby-crowned kinglet, wintering sparrows and raptors such as red-shouldered hawks. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Nov. 12: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park with KBO birdwalk volunteer Harry Fuller. TouVelle is a busy place in late fall and winter, hosting waterbirds, raptors and woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Birdwalk to the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area led by KBO volunteer Terence Phillippe. This diverse area, situated at the base of Mount Shasta, contains juniper woodland, riparian forest and seasonal wetlands. Bring a lunch and plan to return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 9 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Thursday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11: Hawk class and field trip led by KBO board president and hawk enthusiast Dick Ashford. The Thursday class will focus on beginning to intermediate hawk identification. Sunday's field trip to the Lower Klamath Basin or Butte Valley in California will give participants the chance to test their new identification skills. This class fills quickly, so register soon. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $35 non-members, $25 KBO members. To register, call 541-201-0866.
Siskiyou Field Institute
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 4-6: Learn about the biology, ecology and field identification of both edible and poisonous mushrooms. On Friday, class will prowl the Illinois Valley for fungi. On Saturday, they'll drive the Smith River Gorge and scout for mushrooms on the Six Rivers National Forest and along the Oregon Coast. Sunday brings more ‘shrooming along the northern California coast. Beginners and the fungi-literate are welcome. Instructor is David Lebo. Cost is $130. For information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Friday, Nov. 11: Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Discover key characteristics for identifying many varieties, including morels, boletes, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Location is the Deer Creek Center in Selma. Instructor is Eric McEwen. Cost is $50. For information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Native Plant Society
Thursday, Nov. 17: Kenneth DeCamp will show his movie — a photographic journey through the mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon, at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 118. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., meeting and program at 7:30 p.m. For information, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Thursday, Dec. 8: “Tundra Blooms and Reindeer: Botanists Backpacking in Lapland.” Bob Korfhage and Cindy Roche share stories and pictures from their 113-mile backpack hike on the Kungsleden in northern Sweden. Potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. Talk begins around 7:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), and packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange. Beer and wine are permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., in Talent. For information, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.