• Get Out: Aug. 23, 2013

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  • KS Wild
    Saturday Aug. 31: Great views await on this moderate, 5-mile hike to explore Kerby Peak. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 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.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Aug. 24: The club's Medford Bridge Walk will meet at Bear Creek Park off Highland Avenue at 7:45 a.m. The 10K walk has a 5K option. For information call -541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
    Pine to Palm
    Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15: The 100-mile endurance run follows a remote and rugged course through the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland on a mixture of single-track trail and dirt road, with less than 4 miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and 20,000 feet of descent, with three epic climbs to 7,000 feet. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
    Rogue Run
    Sunday, Sept. 22: The half marathon begins in Talent at 8:10 a.m. and follows the Bear Creek Greenway to The Expo in Central Point, where the Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival will be occurring. For details and to register, see www.theroguerun.com.
    Siskiyou Velo Club
    Some club rides listed below are leisurely; others are more intense. All rides are designed and led by a ride leader. Coffee stops to socialize are included on all rides. For more information, see siskiyouvelo.org.
    Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.
    Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 20 to 25 miles on slightly hilly terrain. Contact Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
    Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 14 to 16 mph over 20-plus miles with long climbs. Contact Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
    Every Saturday: Race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford and cover more than 20 miles. Contact Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819. See www.roguecycle.com.
    Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
    Every Monday: Coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 25 flat miles. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
    Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 16 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact John Grimbergen, 541-488-1735.
    Other recurring rides
    Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cutoff spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see cycleanalysis.net.
    Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike 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. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half 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: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby Johns 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 see http://cycleanalysis.net.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, Sept. 4: First-Wednesday bird walk at Denman Wildlife Area in White City begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the wildlife area by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of different species observed by walk 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, but taking part will help you become one. The walk coordinator is Murray Orr. Contact him at 541-857-9050 or mworr2@charter.net if you are willing to help.
    Saturday, Sept. 14: Veteran birding expert Ron Ketchum will lead a trip to mountain lakes of the nearby Cascades, where possible destinations could include Howard Prairie, Hyatt, Little Hyatt and Lily Glen Campground. Late migrant warblers, early waterfowl and such montane species as mountain quail and mountain bluebird are possible sightings. Meet at the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland at 7:30 a.m. Carpooling is recommended. Dogs must be kept in vehicles. Group will return by early afternoon.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, Sept. 7: KBO staff member Karen Hussey will lead an outing to Emigrant Lake to identify migrating shorebirds and other waterbirds using scopes provided for the walk. The group will also amble through oak-scrub habitat to enjoy as many land-bird and raptor species as they can find. Expect to wrap up by noon. Outing is limited to 15 participants, and registration is required. Group will meet at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 8 a.m. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    North Mountain Park
    Saturday, Sept. 14: Local birding experts lead bird walks from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month through summer at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Binoculars will be available to rent. Admission is free. Register at www.ashland.or.us/register or by calling 541-488-6606.
    Siskiyou Field Institute
    Saturday, Sept. 7: “Birding on Bikes.” An easy-pedaling tour of Tolowa Dunes State Park including Lake Earl, some of the best spots to observe fall migratory birds in Del Norte County, Calif. Humboldt County birder and artist Gary Bloomfield will be the instructor. He'll teach identification tips, nesting habits, migratory routes and bird calls. Cost is $50. For details, see www.thesfi.org or call 541-597-8530.
    Fly-casting instruction
    Mondays through Sept. 30: Rogue Flyfishers will offer free casting instruction every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hedrick Middle School, 1502 E. Jackson St., Medford. All skill levels invited. Bring your rod or use theirs. Instructors are Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid. For more information about the club, see RogueFlyfishers.org.

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