• Get Out: April 12, 2013

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  • Jacksonville Woodlands Association
    Saturday, April 20: The group will hold its annual hike-a-thon at the historic Jacksonville Courthouse square. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a short presentation. A guided hike through a scenic and historic portion of the trail system will focus on the endangered Gentner's fritillary. A picnic lunch will be held immediately after the hike. The registration fee is a suggested $15. For details, email Larry Smith at smith@jvwoodlands.org.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
    A diverse group of experts has been assembled to lead several free, spring hikes. Space is limited, so sign up in advance by calling 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org.
    Saturday, April 13: Beekman Woods wildflower hike, 10 a.m. to noon. Wildflower hike on a two-mile loop trail in the Jacksonville Woodlands. The group may see the federally endangered Gentner's fritillaria in bloom.
    Thursday, April 18: Lower Table Rock, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each spring, the land conservancy hosts a trip to the Table Rocks in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management. This will be the group's 35th anniversary hike to Lower Table Rock.
    Sunday, April 21: Birding Woolfolk Reservoir, 8 to 11 a.m. Expert birder Bob Hunter will lead the trip to a piece of private property near Eagle Point, off of Highway 140, that features oak woodland/savannah, chaparral and a large reservoir and supports many bird species in the spring.
    Saturday, April 27: Oredson-Todd Woods, 2 to 4 p.m. Oredson-Todd Woods is a forested gem above Ashland. Naturalist Vern Crawford will lead a hike in this protected park and discuss the natural history and geology of the area.
    Table Rocks hikes
    Free, guided hikes at the Table Rocks near Medford cover three to five miles roundtrip and last 3 to 5 hours. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed. Reservations are required. To reserve a space on a hike, call the BLM Medford District Office at 541-618-2200.
    Saturday, April 13: “Wildflowers Abound,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Wildflower hike with Barbara Mumblo, botanist with the U.S. Forest Service and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.
    Sunday, April 14: “Powerful Pollinators,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Sarah Red-Laird, aka “Bee Girl,” will discuss why pollination is essential for our survival, and how birds and bees interact with wildflowers and trees to produce a rainbow of colors on the Table Rocks.
    Saturday, April 20: “Legacy of a Landmark,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Jeff LaLande, retired archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, along with some history of the area during the “Indian Wars” of the 1850s.
    Sunday, April 21: “Layers of Time,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Learn about the dramatic formation of the Table Rocks and the resulting unique geological features along a hike to the top with geologist Jad D'Allura.
    Saturday, April 27: “A Changing Rogue Climate,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Alan Journet, co-facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network, will discuss climate-change projections for the Rogue Valley and potential consequences for the Table Rocks.
    Sunday, April 28: “Tribal History and Culture,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes moved from the Rogue Valley to the Siletz Reservation with Robert Kentta, cultural resources director of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians. A 45-minute presentation of traditional basketry and regalia in the parking area will be followed by a stroll to the top.
    Saturday, May 4: “Night Owls,” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Listen for sounds of the night from dusk 'til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop with Steve Godwin, BLM wildlife biologist. Along the half-mile, accessible trail, Godwin will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. A short presentation of the common owls in this area and their unique characteristics and adaptations will precede the hike. Bring a flashlight.
    Sunday, May 5: “Spring in Bloom,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore the native flora and wildflowers of the Table Rocks with BLM botanist Chamise Kramer.
    Saturday, May 11: “Bird's the Word,” 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Birding excursion with Teresa “Bird” Wicks, Klamath Bird Observatory intern and Southern Oregon University environmental education graduate student. You'll explore chaparral, oak savannah, mixed woodland and mounded prairie/vernal pool plant communities of the Table Rocks. Bring binoculars and bird guides, and pick Bird's brain with your ornithology curiosities.
    Sunday, May 12: “Nature Rocks on Mother's Day,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Spend Mother's Day on a family hike to the top of the rock. An environmental interpretation specialist from BLM will talk about wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
    Saturday, May 18: “Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore and discuss the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks while hiking with Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University.
    Sunday, May 19: “That's Batty!” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Learn about regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats they face, with Tony Kerwin, wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator with the BLM. Use detectors to listen for bats during a half-mile, accessible walk. Bring a flashlight.
    Weed Whomping Wednesdays
    Wednesday, April 17: This year, the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is initiating a regular stewardship work-party program called Weed Whomping Wednesdays. These half-day work parties on conserved lands will occur on the third Wednesday of the month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs during the cool season, or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Each work party will also involve something educational such as an interpretive walk. Shared poetry and storytelling will be encouraged. Treats will be provided. The first work party will be April 17 in the Jacksonville Woodlands above the Britt Festival. After whomping some discrete clumps of Himalayan blackberry and looking for any lurking Scotch broom, the group will take a walk into a mining interpretive area. The rare Gentner's fritillaria, as well as other oak woodland flowers, should be blooming. Meet in the parking lot above the Britt Festival in Jacksonville at 9:30 a.m. If you have them, bring loppers and gloves. Contact Kristi if you are interested in joining the group or have questions at 541-482-3069 or kristi@landconserve.org.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, April 20: This 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District is a group favorite. Meet in the Safeway parking lot, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street, at 8: 45 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com
    Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
    Saturday, April 20: The group will hold a work party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to spruce up the section of the historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail where the annual Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Run will be held on May 25. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road in historic Buncom to carpool and caravan to the Bear Gulch trailhead. For detailed directions, see www.sutaoregon.org or email sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com.
    Siskiyou chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon
    Saturday, May 18: Hike on the Rogue River trail to Rainie Falls with botanist Armand Rebischke. This moderate, four-mile hike will start at the Grave Creek Bridge and follow the south-side trail at the beginning of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. This is the shady side of the river, with populations of Lewisia cotyledon and Delphinium nudicaule. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks and lunch. Be prepared for 400 feet of elevation change and some slippery spots. Meet at Rays Food Place in Merlin at 8:30 a.m. to drive or carpool to the trailhead. For information, call Rebischke at 541-482-2141.
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