Sierra Club Outings

Sierra Club Outings

Dec.1: A moderate 5 to 7-mile hike is scheduled in the Jacksonville Woodlands. For meeting place and time, call 488-8517 or 245-6380.

Dec. 7-8: A ski/snowshoe trip into the Grouse Gap shelter near Mount Ashland is planned. The group will stay overnight at the shelter. Those wishing to gain winter camping experience can bring a tent. At the shelter, there will be a clinic on treating cold-weather injuries and illness in the backcountry. The next day, participants will ski/snowshoe up to the summit of Mount Ashland. On the way, they will discuss techniques for tracking and identifying animals in the snow. Lunch will be at the summit. Call 531-7623 for more information.

Siskiyou Project Fall Hikes

Siskiyou Project offers hikes into the magnificent Siskiyou Wild Rivers area. The hikes are led by Siskiyou Project staff and volunteer experts. All hikes are free. For more information or to learn how to help safeguard the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area call the Siskiyou Project at 592-4459 or 476-6648; visit www.siskiyou.org; or e-mail project@siskiyou.org. Their address is 9335 Takilma Road, Cave Junction.

Saturday: A hike to explore the forest for medicinal mushrooms. The group will meet 10 a.m. at the O'Brien store. Join Siskiyou Project & Mycospa as the group explores the latest cutting-edge science and the ancient secrets of the Kingdom of Fungi. Participants will enjoy an easy to moderate walk through some of the last remaining pristine forests of the Illinois Valley. Call Eric Cerecedes at 596-2602.

Ashland Fitness Studio is sponsoring fitness adventures the third Saturday of each month.

Dec. 15: Moderate, 5-mile roundtrip hike into the southern Cascades to the east portal of an abandoned train tunnel. Cross the meadow to where the workers camped, hike up the slag rock removed from the tunnel; follow an ancient drainage ditch to the mouth of the tunnel. Call Kit for more information: 488-8431.

Cycling

Rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments. Helmets are required. For more information e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday: A mellow ride of 20-plus miles begins at 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Park in Medford. Twenty-plus miles. Rider leader: Phil Gagnon: 488-4289.

Every Sunday: A valley training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Rider leader, Glenn Gann: 779-6986.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Birding

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 482-3241 for information.

Dec. 1: Birdwalk to Bear Creek Greenway Hotspots. View resident and wintering species in the riparian areas along the Bear Creek. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop (Ashland). Leader: Frank Lospalluto. To register, call 482-3241.

December 8: Hawks! All-Day Field Trip with Dick Ashford. Hawks and eagles have captured our imagination like few other birds. Want to observe them with an expert? Here's your chance: join Dick Ashford for a guided outing to the Klamath Basin to view these majestic raptors. The Klamath Basin hosts the largest contingent of wintering Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states, and we'll try to see as many as we can. Additionally, there are large numbers of Ferruginous Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and a few falcons, as well. Throughout the day, we'll examine the natural history of these magnificent creatures, including behavior, habitat and adaptations for survival. Meet at 8 a.m. at Shop N Kart in Ashland to carpool. Return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required (limit: 15). Donation to KBO: $25 nonmembers, $15 members. To register, call 201-0866.

Project FeederWatch

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 & up; When: Alternate Saturdays, starting Nov. 24 and continuing through March; 9-10 a.m., except Jan. 5, 10-11 a.m.; North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information: 488-6606

Events

Friday: Northwest Nature Shop's Holiday Open House, 12-4 p.m.

Tastes of wine, cheese and chocolate, along with a book signing by Mike Houck, founder of the Urban Greenspaces Institute in Portland, will be offered. 154 Oak St., Ashland. For info, 541-482-3421.

Saturday: Wildlife Images Annual Open House, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free tours, refreshments, raffles and more. The open house is a fundraiser to help care for animals through the winter. 1845 Lower River Rd., 12 miles west of Grants Pass.

Nov. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.: An Evening on Mount Everest, One Step at a Time With Laurie Bagley

On May 25, 2006, Laurie Bagley, of Siskiyou County, Calif., became the sixth U.S. woman to summit Mount Everest via the North Col route in Tibet. Laurie will give a presentation and lead a discussion of her epic climb Tuesday in Meese Auditorium, SOU Art Building, Ashland. You can also view a photo exhibit by Ashland photographer Sean Bagshaw, who was in Nepal at the time of Laurie's climb. For more information, www.lauriebagley.com and www.outdoorexposurephoto.com.