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Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Jan. 14: SONC is starting beginner/intermediate ski lessons/tours at 11 a.m. at Hyatt Lake. Those interested should meet at the entrance to Hyatt Lake Campground off Hyatt-Prairie Road. Ski Lessons will last 1 hour and will be followed by a ski tour of varying lengths depending on skiers' skill level/endurance. Beginning skiers with new ski equipment should check to make sure boots and skis/bindings are compatible before heading up to the snow. For more information about cross-country ski outings, see the SONC newsletter at onc.org/sonc.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 14: 10K walk in east Medford. Meet at 9:45 a.m. across Jackson Street from Hawthorne Park. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Owl pellet dissection workshop
Sunday, Jan. 15: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will host a study of owl pellets at 2 p.m. Owls swallow their prey whole, ingesting the entire skeleton. Owl pellets contain the nondigestible part of what they ingest, providing information about owl adaptations and habits. Participants get to dissect an owl pellet and identify the bones found in the pellet. For children 4 and older. Cost is $5 per participant. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Siskiyou Mountain Club brush workshop
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 14-15: SMC field coordinator Aaron Babcock will lead a two-day workshop about how to properly brush a trail and bring it back to life. Participants will learn how to identify the trail prism and brush a trail to Siskiyou Mountain Club and US Forest Service standards on the Osgood Ditch Trail. With this workshop and current CPR-First Aid training, you would be ready to lead your own brushing parties on behalf of SMC. Participants have the option of staying at SMC club house in Selma. A van will leave there for the Osgood Ditch Trail at 9 a.m. Saturday, with a rendezvous option in Cave Junction. The group will head back out Sunday and be back to Selma by 2 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Hiker Rendezvous at Ashland Outdoor Store
Thursday, Jan. 19: This is the first meeting of the Southern Oregon Hikers Rendezvous, a monthly event for hikers to meet up, learn more about hiking in our region, and meet other hikers. Hosted by Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., the event will happen from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Attendees will be eligible for raffle of free Siskiyou Mountain Club memberships and outdoor gear donated by Ashland Outdoor Store. Beer, wine and snacks will be available. The meeting will include a presentation, "Three New Backpacking Trips in SW Oregon." From one of the world's most pristine lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, to a remote arm of the Siskiyou Crest, all the way to the Oregon Caves, these backpacking routes have something for everyone, and they're all connected by the Pacific Crest Trail.
Rimrock, Playas, Petroglyphs and Pronghorns
Thursday, Jan. 19: Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges. He is a research professor in the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University, where his research has focused on wetland restoration and native plant marketing. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 24: The meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, will feature "Antarctica: Unknown & Unforgiving" by Dave Baker. Dave will talk about visits to the penguin rookeries inhabited by the four primary Antarctic penguins: emperor, gentoo, adelie and chinstrap. Dave is a frequent speaker in Medford's elementary schools where his video, "Mostly Penguins," has given hundreds of first-graders a virtual journey to Antarctica. He has lectured in most of the Jackson County libraries and is also a lecturer at OLLI, in Ashland and Medford. The meeting will be held at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/ for details
Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Sunday, Jan. 22: Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association is planning a work party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will take a scenic 4-5 mile roundtrip hike while doing some lopping, digging and hand-saw work. Group will meet at the corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road in Buncom and carpool to the trailhead. Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers, and bring gloves, water and whatever special snacks you like. If you have them, bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, rake or sturdy shovel. RSVP via email to SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace-lining at high speeds. Pace: 18-plus mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph average over approximately 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph with periodic pace lines for approximately 35 miles with some hills. Call Gary Shaff at 541-482-4537.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.