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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
Reservations are required for SOLC's annual spring hikes. To reserve a slot or to get on a waiting list for a particular hike, as well as details on when and where to meet, see www.landconserve.org.
Saturday, April 15: Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a walk at 10 a.m. at the Rogue River Preserve along the upper Rogue River near Eagle Point.
Sunday, April 16: SOLC Membership Director Della Merrill will lead a "walkabout" hike at 11 a.m. in the Rogue River Preserve to visit various aspects of the property.
Table Rocks guided hikes
The Nature Conservancy and BLM sponsor free hikes during weekends in April and May. The hikes are generally limited to 20 people who preregister for the treks. Hikers meet at the Upper or Lower Table Rock trailheads for a moderate-grade hike of up to 4.5 miles round-trip that takes 3 to 5 hours. To register, go online at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com or call BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, April 15: 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Bob Quaccia of Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Frank Lospalluto of Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a hike to spot spring birds. Bring binoculars and bird-identification books. Limited to 15 hikers.
Saturday, April 22: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Michael Karnosh, with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, will lead a hike delving into the traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. Molly Morison, stewardship coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, he will discuss modern day Tribal management of conservation properties and various partnerships.
Domingo, 23 de Abril: 1 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Caminata Familiar en español: Evan Barrientos, empleado de The Nature Conservancy, guiará una caminata a través de Lower Table Rock en español. Mientras disfrutando del paisaje y la tranquilidad de este hermoso sitio, Ud. aprenderá sobre las plantas, animales, historia, y gestión de ello. ¡Descubra un lugar fantástico para explorar con sus hijos o hacer ejercicio! Para obtener más información, llame al 541-770-7933 x 3#.
Whetstone Savanna Nature Preserve
Saturday April 15: The Nature Conservancy is looking for Earth Day volunteers to help remove invasive weeds from vernal pools between 9 a.m. and noon at Whetstone Savanna Preserve. The area shelters mounded prairie and vernal pool communities that include rare plants and fairy shrimp, and safeguards a key portion of oak savanna habitat on the Rogue Valley floor. Bring your family, enjoy spring wildflowers and learn about the diverse life in vernal pools while working to protect this unique habitat. Come prepared to be outdoors, wear waterproof shoes and bring a good digging tool if possible. Snacks, gloves and tools will be provided. Directions: From Table Rock Road, turn onto West Gregory Road, then at the stop sign turn right onto Downing Road and follow to Newland Road. Whetstone Savanna Preserve is on the left. For more information and to register, call Molly at 541-770-7933, ext. 2#, or email email@example.com.
Ashland Community Bike Swap
Saturday, April 15: Bikes and related equipment will be for sale from noon to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. People interested in selling bikes can register and drop them off from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15. See RVTD.org/bikeswap.
Author Talk: Hiking the PCT
Tuesday, April 18: Eli Boschetto, author of "Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon," will give a free talk at 6:30 p.m. at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. The book breaks down the state's more than 450 miles of the PCT into manageable portions, detailing everything a section hiker needs to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake a tent. For details, see www.rei.com
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, April 20: Applegate’s milkvetch, Astragalus applegatei, is a critically endangered species that is endemic of moist alkali meadows in southern Klamath County. Once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1983 and is now known to exist at only four major sites and two minor sites in or near Klamath Falls. In this talk, Kerry Byrne, assistant professor at Oregon Tech, will discuss the challenges and successes of conservation efforts, with a focus on reproductive biology and demographic monitoring. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Lost Creek Trail Runs
Saturday, April 22: The event features 50K, 30K, 30K relay and a 5K trail races at Joseph H. Stewart State Park day-use area at Lost Creek Lake in Trail. The 50K starts at 8 a.m., 30K starts at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:15. Race-day registration runs from 7-8:30 a.m. For details and to register, see http://lctrailruns.com/
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23: Terry Phillips Memorial modified field archery shoot, and a separate statewide 4-H archery shoot sponsored by Sharp Shooters from Roseburg, will be held at Beekman Ridge Archery Range near Butte Falls. Shoot for one day or two, $20 for one day or $35 for two. 4-H shooters shoot for free. Family rates are offered, and kids younger than 12 shoot for free. Marked yardage, food on site, free camping and fishing. Call 541-951-5581 for more information.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 22: The 10K Ashland Railroad Walk will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street in Ashland. A 5K (about 3.1 miles) option is available. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Rogue Riverkeeper talk: The Mysterious Lamprey
Thursday, April 27: Stewart Reid will shed light on one of the most elusive of our native sea-run fishes, the Pacific lamprey. While salmon get all the limelight, lamprey have a unique and amazing life history that has allowed these ancient fish to survive in our local streams for eons. The talk will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GEOS/Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Refreshments available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org orcall 541-488-9831. RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-4-the-mysterious-lamprey-tickets-33467545329
Thursday, April 27: KS Wild and and the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley will lead an early-season pollinator walk to explore spring blooms and newly emerging native bees, wasps and other pollinators on Upper Table Rock from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn about insect collection and observation skills, about pollinator life cycles and habitat needs, and some of the rare flowers endemic to the Table Rocks. Bring a bag lunch, water and appropriate layers. Butterfly nets, small clear containers and field guides optional. Cameras are highly encouraged. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Upper Table Rock trailhead, or to carpool from Ashland, meet at 9:45 at Northwest Nature Shop on Oak Street in Ashland. For more information, see http://kswild.org
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at email@example.com.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso.Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
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.