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  • Get Out: May 3, 2013

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  • 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, 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.
    Sunday May 19: “Spring Nature Sketching.” Artist Cheryl Magellen will lead a spring nature-sketching session of the vistas, flora and fauna of Lower Table Rock. Bring sketchbooks, pencils, felt-tip pens or other drawing supplies, and learn to capture your interpretation of the natural world on paper. Participation is limited to 15 individuals.
    Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
    Saturday, May 4: Applegate hike leader Janeen Sathre will lead a hike from the Wolf Gap Trailhead to Bear Gulch trailhead. Meet at Buncom at 9 a.m. See www.sutaoregon.org for details.
    KS Wild
    Saturday, May 4: Moderate, six-mile hike into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area along the Illinois River. Group will look at carved rock pools, fens of carnivorous pitcher plants, waterfalls cascading to the river below and blooming Kalmiopsis leachiana, along with recently arrived migratory birds including warblers, hummingbirds, grosbeaks and swallows, so bring binoculars and a bird book. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 8:30 a.m. and Ray's Market in Selma For details, call 541-488-5789 or email morgan@kswild.org.
    Sunday, May 12: Serpentine fen hike to see carnivorous Darlingtonia California in the Day's Gulch Botanical Area near the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The group will do some botanizing, rare-plant identification and enjoy the season's wildflowers. Easy off-trail strolling. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Food Place parking lot in Selma 10:30 a.m. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email morgan@kswild.org.
    Saturday, May 18: Moderate, six-mile hike along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River trail. Learn about the ongoing campaign to protect the Wild Rogue. Group will start at the Grave Creek boat ramp and hike to Whisky Creek and visit the historic Whisky Creek cabin, view some of the tributary streams that are critical spawning habitat for salmon and experience the Rogue canyon's spring wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9 a.m. in Ashland and the north Fred Meyer in Medford at 9:30 a.m. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sun and rain gear, a camera and comfortable hiking shoes. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email morgan@kswild.org.
    Siskiyou chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon
    Saturday, May 18: Botanist Armand Rebischke will lead a hike on the Rogue River trail to Rainie Falls. The moderate, four-mile trek 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.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting May 1: Three days a week from May 1 to Sept. 29 (plus Saturdays in July and August), trained volunteer naturalists from the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department will lead a free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.
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