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  • Get Out: May 17, 2013

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  • Table Rocks hikes
    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. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed. To reserve a space, call 541-618-2200.
    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. Dogs are not allowed. To reserve a space, call 541-618-2200.
    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. To reserve a space, call 541-618-2200.
    KS Wild
    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.
    Sunday, June 2: Hike along the eastern Siskiyou Crest above Oregon Caves National Monument to Mount Elijah and Bigelow Lakes. This moderate, seven-mile hike will abound with wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 10:30 a.m. Bring a lunch, plenty of water and a camera. For details, call Morgan at 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 through Sept. 29: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks 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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