Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 4: 10K walk in Eagle Point, with a 5K option. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street in downtown Eagle Point. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Jan. 18: 10K walk in Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot on the west side of Interstate 5 at Exit 33. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Saturday, Jan. 25: Moderate, 7-mile snowshoe hike to Soda Mountain will travel the Pacific Crest Trail to the summit of Soda Mountain. A limited number of snowshoes may be available to borrow: call Morgan at 541-488-5789 to inquire. Otherwise, snowshoes can be rented at the Ashland Outdoor Store for $10-$15 a day. Bring a lunch, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, a camera, winter shoes and snow gear. A carpool will leave from Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. Call Morgan or email email@example.com for information and to sign up.
Saturday, Jan. 11: 5K and 10K runs will be followed by a running injury prevention and treatment clinic with local sports medicine professionals. The 10K will begin at noon, and the 5K starts at 12:30 at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. The 5K is out and back on Foss Road. The 10K is an out and back from Foss to Adams to Colver, with the turnaround near Camp Baker Road.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.
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 at 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact David Chapman at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, Jan. 4: Ashland Christmas Bird Count. Coordinators are John Bullock and Harry Fuller. Contact either if you wish to participate: Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-488-8077; Bullock, email@example.com, 541-488-7962.
Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, Jan. 4 and 18: Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds visiting the feeders in the park. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's Feeder Watch project, a nationwide bird monitoring project. 9 to 10 a.m. at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. Call 541-488-6606 or see www.northmountainpark.org.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Jan. 11: “Backyard Birds and What They Eat,” a slideshow and presentation with Harry Fuller from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grange Co-op's Pet Country Store, 2833 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. Fuller is a professional birding guide and the KBO board president. Come view beautiful photos of our wide array of backyard birds and learn how to attract them to your yard. Afterwards, sign up for a bird walk around Agate Lake the following Saturday. The presentation is part of the 2014 Wild Bird Educational Series (Feb. 8: “Hawks at Your Feeder” and March 8, “A Vulture Way of Life”) hosted by Grange Co-op. The lecture series is a fundraiser for Klamath Bird Observatory, a science-based nonprofit organization that achieves bird conservation in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the migratory ranges of the birds of our region. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Laura at 541-245-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are $15 per session or $40 for all three paid in advance, and $20 per session at the door. Space is limited. Advanced registration is encouraged.