Rogue Valley Walkers
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 to $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.
Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, Jan. 18: Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds visiting the feeders in Ashland's North Mountain 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 Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. 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.
Native Plant Society of Oregon
Thursday, Jan. 16: Historic Trails and Early-day Botanists of the Siskiyous. Justin Rohde will share stories about early-day botanists of the Siskiyou Mountains and the historic trails they explored. Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7. Free. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.