Saturday, Nov. 2: KS Wild staff 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 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Illinois Forks State Park. Next the group will drive to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby and hike about a half-mile to see leaping salmon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For meeting place and details, call 541-488-5789 or email Morgan Lindsay at email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 2: A 10K walk in Jacksonville will begin at 10 a.m. Meet in the public parking on D Street near the Jacksonville Library. Arrive at 9:45 a.m. to register. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Nov. 16: 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. The walk includes a 5K option. Arrive at 9:45 a.m. to register. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Lithia Loop Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 2: The race begins at 8 a.m. in Ashland's Lithia Park and circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails, with about 2 miles of asphalt. Space is limited to 300 runners. To register, see www.roguevalleyrunners.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.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Sunday, Nov. 3: This “off-season” trip to the Mount Ashland area with Russ Namitz as leader will involve mostly easy walking, but snow level could require some longer walks. Bring water, lunch and sense of humor. Meet at the east end of Ashland Albertsons parking lot at 8 a.m. For information, email Namitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: First-Wednesday bird walk to Denman Wildlife Area. The walk lasts about 3 hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the 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. Coordinator is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Half day of birding at Valley of the Rogue State Park. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the public parking area near the back of the park (past most of the camping loops). Bring food and drinks as desired. Total walking distance will be up to two miles and the birding will end about noon. Group will walk primarily on the river trail, which is mostly level. For information, contact Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-469-4619.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Nov. 2: Frank Lospalluto will lead a bird walk along the Bear Creek Greenway starting at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. The group will spend the morning looking for winter residents, from chickadees to sparrows, and visit the ponds along the path to view ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, buffleheads and American wigeons. The outing is limited to 15 participants, and registration is required. To register, call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241.
Siskiyou Field Institute
Sunday, Nov. 3: Edible mushrooms of the Coast Range. Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms of Southern Oregon. Discover key characteristics for identifying many of the following: boletes, corals, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Use all your senses — and your hiking muscles — as you develop skills to recognize which mushrooms to harvest, and which to leave behind. Instructor is John Teem. Cost is $50. Meet at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.