July 11: Birdwalk to Willow Witt Ranch, Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Learn about birds and habitat restoration on private lands while visiting a hotspot for conifer forest birding below Grizzly Peak. Travel further into the Cascade Mountains to Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Expect to find white pelicans, vesper sparrows, mountain bluebirds, nesting osprey, swallow species and perhaps a few species of woodpeckers. Bring a lunch and water (all day field trip). Parking at Howard Prairie Resort is $4. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Harry Fuller, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Aug. 1: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Soda Mountain Road. Walk along the Pacific Crest Trail with the possibility of seeing lazuli buntings, green-tailed towhees, dusky flycatchers and mountain bluebirds. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Leader is biologist Frank Lospalluto. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Aug. 8: Birdwalk to Mount Ashland. Group will look and listen for upper elevation birds, such as green-tailed towhee, mountain quail, purple and Cassin’s finch, band-tailed pigeon, white-headed woodpecker, evening grosbeak, and Cooper’s hawk, and possibly northern goshawk, and hermit, black-throated gray and Townsend’s warblers. Bring a lunch if you’d like to eat in the picnic area. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Vince Zauskey, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Rooster Crow Run
Saturday: The annual 5K run and 2-mile walk begin at 8 a.m. at Rogue River Middle School Beck Field. Pre-registration is over. Race-day registration ($10 with no T-shirt) is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. For registration form go to www.sorunners.org. For details call 621-6361.
Fourth of July runs
July 4: Mount Shasta 4th of July 2- and 5-mile runs; Ashland 4th of July 2- and 6-mile runs; and Eagle Point 4th of July 1-mile and 5K runs. For details go to www.sorunners.org.
Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs, 50K and 15K
July 11: Registration is open until July 8 for the 11th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. The races start at the Mount Ashland ski lodge and follow the Pacific Crest Trail west. Registration costs $40 for the 50K and $10 for the 15K. Race shirt is $16. Proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Visit www.siskiyououtback.com for information and registration forms.
Britt Woods Firehouse 10K Run
July 18: The 8th annual run starts above the Britt Woods pavilion in Jacksonville at 8 a.m. Two- and four-mile exhibition runs start at 7 a.m., and a 100-yard dash for kids starts at 7:30 a.m. The course features a shaded trail past the oldest giant Sequoia tree in Oregon, and above old glory holes (gold mines) from the 1800s. Cost is $22 for the main event; $15 for the exhibition and fun runs (includes a t-shirt). All proceeds benefit Jacksonville Engine Company No. 1, the oldest fire department in the state. Call Doug Naversen for details at 773-3636 days, or 899-1214 nights. Almost $200 in prize money will be donated by Dermatology and Laser Associates of Medford, L.L.P. to the top five finishers in the 10K.
Training runs for the Firehouse Run will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. at the upper parking lot above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville. Meet on June 22 and 29 and July 6 and 13 for a casual, hilly, cross-country run between two and 6.2 miles.
Crater Lake Rim Runs
Aug 8: Registration is still open for this year’s marathon, half-marathon and 6.7-mile race. To register, go to www.craterlakerimruns.com.
Sierra Club hikes
Saturday: Family and friendly-dog hike. Union Creek, 4.4 miles, easy. For ages 7 and up. Bring your children and friendly dogs. Call Darin Banner at 531-7623.
Friday-Sunday: Backpacking trip on the Frog Pond Loop in the Red Buttes Wilderness. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp
July 24-27: Backpacking trip in the Sky High Valley in the Marble Mountains. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp.
Native Plant Society
July 11: Field Trip on Mount Ashland to look at the rare Mt. Ashland lupine and Henderson’s horkelia, plus many other plants at Rabbit Ears, then the group will check out plants at the roadside seep below Rabbit Ears and along the Pacific Crest Trail in Grouse Meadows. Expect one to two miles of easy walking. Meet 9 a.m. behind Oil Stop on Ashland Street, next to the Ashland BiMart/Shop ‘n Kart parking lot, about 1/4 mile west of I-5, exit 14. Free, everyone welcome. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz, 541-482-1964.
Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women’s mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 899-9190, or e-mail email@example.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association’s Web site at www.somba.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don’s Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don’s is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don’s Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann, 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 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 Tuesday: A moderate, 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library in Jacksonville. Ride leader is Jack Buster, 664-2870.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
12th Annual Trout Derby
Saturday: This popular Diamond Lake event, organized by Black Bird Shopping Center, draws around 1,000 people and offers $5,000 in prize money, plus a load of merchandise and fun. Entry forms are available at Black Bird Shopping Center, 1810 W. Main St., Medford and Diamond Lake Resort, 800-733-7593. For rules or details, call 541-779-5431 or visit blackbirdshoppingcenter.com.
July 4: The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host the annual Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features more than 300 species of flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous and the valleys in between. Free. For more information, contact Jim Duncan at 482-7629.