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Saturday: Half-day trip to Emigrant Lake and Ashland Pond. The migrants will be arriving and there will be a lot to see and hear. Easy walking. Meet at the Shop 'N' Kart parking lot in Ashland at 8 a.m. to car pool. Leader: Joe Shelton, 772-4490.

April 21: A half-day trip to Whetstone Savannah. It is a little on the early side for neotropical migrants, but then no one told them not to show up. With or without migrants. Whetstone should be busy. Northern mockingbirds should still be around, perhaps a few Lewis' woodpeckers, along with sparrows. Limited parking is available at the site, so we will need to car pool at the Pilot Station north of Central Point (1-5 exit 33 — airport exit). Be there no later than 7:30 a.m. We will bird the north end, off Newland Road. The vernal pools could have water, so consider gear for wetness. Bring snacks and beverage if you desire. This is Nature Conservancy property — dogs are not permitted. Leader: Dennis Vroman, dpvroman@budget.net or phone: 479-4619.

April 28: All-day trip to Tree of Heaven Park and Iron Gate Recreation Area on the Klamath River. The park is a half-hour drive from Ashland and has a paved nature trail along the river. We will see nesting opsreys and neotropical migrants such as black-headed grosbeaks, Western tanagers and various warblers. Bring lunch and drinks. Meet at 8 a.m. on the west side of the Ashland Shop 'N' Kart parking lot to car-pool. Leaders: Joe Shelton, 772-4490 and Gwyneth Ragosine, 552-1945.

May 2: Monthly walk along the Central Point Greenway. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the dirt lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street. For more information contact Denny Niebuhr at 482-6849 or e-mail rogueden@ashlandhome.net

May 5: All-day trip to Howard Prairie and the Mountain Lakes. This is Birdathon day, so if you don't already have an outing planned, why not come along and find some of the mountain species for your Birdathon lists? Bring lunch and drinks. Meet at the west side of the Ashland Shop 'N' Kart parking lot at 8 a.m. Leader: Joe Shelton, 772-4490.

May 26: All-day trip to Rocky Point and Eagle Ridge. Details in the May Chat.

About dogs: Unless otherwise specified you may bring your dog(s) along but they must remain in the vehicles. Most birds, and some people, do not like dogs. If you have to let them out, please move away from the group. Never bring your dog on a trail and please respect the requests of leaders who specify no dogs.

Saturday: A moderate six-nine-mile hike on the Sterling Ditch Mine Trail. Carol Walker: 488-8517. Carol Ingelson: 245-6380.

April 21: A moderate six-mile hike with stream crossings at Horse Shoe Ranch. Cathy Edwards: 210-0204.

April 28: Bridge the Gap Run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Railroad Park in Medford. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 5- and 10-kilometer runs benefit Mobility Unlimited. The cost $15 per person. A long-sleeved T-shirt will go to the first 200 to sign up. The race is hosted by Southern Oregon Sizzlers. Entry forms are available at PremierWest banks. For info, visit www.bridgethegaprun.com or call 618-9468.

Every Saturday: A Siskiyou Velo Club slow ride (10-12 mph) is offered for those wishing to ride at a measured pace with time to look around and take in nature and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists. Rides start at 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Park on Highland Drive, adjacent to the skateboard park. Information: Phil Gagnon, 488-4289.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville for coffee. 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 Company in Ashland. Show and Go. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Saturday: A Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 9 a.m. on the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Company in Medford. Route determined by group. Race pace training. Ride leader: Glen Gann, 779-6986.

Every Sunday: A Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 8:30 a.m. behind Bad Ass Coffee Company in Medford. Route determined by group. Race pace training. Ride leader: Glenn Gann, 779-6986.