Get Out: Nov. 2, 2012

HIKING

KS Wild
Saturday, Nov. 3: Illinois River salmon-viewing hike.
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center 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 and hike about a half mile to see leaping salmon. The trail to Little Falls is steep and rocky near the falls. The Illinois Forks State Park turn-off is about a half mile south of Cave Junction. Look for Rich's green Toyota Corolla in the parking lot. Call 541-476-6648.

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 10:
A 10K walk, plus a shorter 5K option, will be held in Grants Pass. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-245-9356.

Saturday, Nov. 17: 10K walk through the Historic Railroad District of Ashland. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway Parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Avenue and Sherman Street. A shorter 5K option is available. For information, call 541-245-9356.


RUNNING

Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 3:
Starting and finishing in Lithia Park, the 26.2-mile course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with approximately two miles of asphalt. Race starts at 8 a.m. Sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store in Ashland. See www.roguevalleyrunners.com for details.

Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 10:
9-mile and 5K runs starting at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St. The 9-miler starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K goes off at 8:45 a.m. See the race calendar at www.sorunners.org for details.


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 begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting time and location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday: A 25- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Ride leader to be determined at the start.

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 or see 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 cyclea@internetcds.com.

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.


BIRDING

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Nov. 3: Trip to Scott Valley to view raptors.
Group will tour back roads and agricultural fields that attract a large variety and quantity of hawks, falcons and eagles. Past trips have recorded ferruginous, rough-legged, red-shouldered, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks, bald and golden eagles, and prairie falcons, kestrels and merlins. Group should see black-billed magpies, bluebirds, Say's phoebes and Lewis's woodpeckers. This is a driving tour and will not require walking, but bring appropriate clothing for the season and snacks and lunches. Scott Valley is about an hour south of Ashland in Siskiyou County, Calif. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 8 a.m. Group will depart Scott Valley at 3 p.m. Adverse weather will cancel trip so call ahead (541-482-3241). Limited to 15 participants for carpool safety.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park. Group will walk along the trails in the park at the far end of the parking area and into the adjacent Denman Wildlife Area exploring the brushy areas and nearby oak woodland. TouVelle requires a parking permit or a daily fee. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Nov. 7: First Wednesday birdwalk at Denman Wildlife Area
begins at 8 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate in White City by 7:55. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in. Walk leader is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Birding trip to Lost Creek Lake and the Holy Waters. Norm Barrett, former Forest Service biologist and accomplished bird photographer, will lead the group. Waterfowl are the main attraction at Holy Waters, where the path just east of the water coming out of the dam affords great looks at such species as American wigeon, scaup, teal, ring-necked duck and bufflehead. Bald eagles are frequent visitors to this area, and an appearance by a peregrine falcon is always possible. Easy walking. Duration 2-3 hours. Group will meet at 8 a.m. at the east end of the Dollar Tree parking lot (southeast corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 140) and carpool from there.


CLASSES

Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, Nov. 3: Primitive Cordage and Knots.
Knowledge of cordage and knots can be a life saver. With the proper materials and technique, you can make reliable cordage for shelter, water, fire and food purposes. The class, from 10 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center, will teach skills that could make camping more pleasant. Cost is $20. No experience required. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Gait Patterns and Animal Forms. You've identified some animal tracks. Now, can you tell what mood the animal was in? This can be done accurately once gait patterns and animal forms are understood. The class, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center, will teach skills that could make camping more pleasant. Cost is $20. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Tracker Series: Movement and Awareness. How do you sneak up on a deer? Introduction to stalking steps and awareness techniques that will unlock many secrets of the wild. The class will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $20. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Sunday, Nov. 11: Flint-knapping class will show how to make arrowheads, knives, axes and more. Learn how to read “rock percussions” so the rock will break just the way you want it to. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $35. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Saturday, Nov. 17: Understanding Bird Language. Once you can distinguish the five basic voices of birds, you can begin to interpret the sounds they make to reveal secrets of the world around you. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $20. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Saturday, Nov. 17: Knowing how to make snowshoes from the very trees you walk under can make for a pleasant and surreal day in the snowy woods. With the extra calories you save from moving on top of the snow, you can build a shelter, make a fire and relax in the quiet solitude of the Northwestern woods. The class is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $45. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Sunday, Nov. 18: Primitive arrow making from found materials. In this class you will learn to find effective materials, carve an arrow shaft, straighten it, and fletch your arrows. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $35. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.


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