Get Out: Friday, Nov. 20
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Friday, Nov. 20: Project FeederWatch is a continent-wide, 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. The counts are conducted from November through March, and the data is submitted to help scientists track broad-scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. The counts take place every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford and every other Saturday at North Mountain Park in Ashland. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone and provide novice birders with an easy way to learn to identify birds. There is shelter in case of inclement weather. This week's event is at Coyote Trails, inside US Cellular Community Park, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, from noon to 1 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 28, it will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 21: A 10K walk in Jacksonville starts at 9:45 a.m. The varied, interesting walk has a 5K option. Meet in the city parking lot on D Street across the bridge from the Jacksonville library. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 24: Kristi Mergenthaler, land steward for the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, will provide an overview of SOLC's work, including the conservation of a newly offered piece of prime bird habitat known as the Rogue River Preserve. This spectacular 352-acre property fronts the Rogue River above Dodge Bridge. Mergenthaler, who is president of the Siskiyou chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and a board member of Siskiyou Field Institute, has conducted plant surveys in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion for 12 years. Chapter meetings are held at 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, in Lidgate Hall of Medford Congregational Church.
Thursday, Nov. 26: The 10th annual Southern Oregon Turkey Trot features an 8-mile run, 2-mile walk/run and 100-yard Turkey Dash. The 8-miler kicks off at 8 a.m., at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. For details and to register, see www.sorunners.org
Middle Fork Applegate work trip
Friday, Nov. 27: Ditch the mall, forget the deals, and help brush out the Middle Fork Applegate National Recreation Trail on Black Friday. A van shuttle will leave Ashland at 8 a.m., with rendezvous options in Medford, Jacksonville and Ruch. The group will be back to Ashland by 6 p.m. Organized by the Siskiyou Mountain Club. Email email@example.com or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up.
Agate Lake bird walk
Wednesday, Dec. 2: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.
SOU Ski and Gear Swap
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6: The 2015 Ski and Gear Swap, a fundraiser for the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday in the Rogue River Room in Stevenson Union at SOU. Gear drop-off is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year's event is the 41st annual, and it's the first year "non-winter gear" will be included, such as bikes, kayaks, inflatable rafts, backpacking and camping gear. The consignment sale is put on by Ashland-based Indigo Creek Outfitters. For details, see http://ashlandskiswap.com
Holiday Hustle 5K
Saturday, Dec. 12: The annual 5K run/walk will begin at 5 p.m. at Twin Creeks Park, 555 Twin Creeks Crossing Loop, in Central Point. For details, see the race calendar at Southern Oregon Runners website, www.sorunners.org
Pine Flat rendezvous
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Siskiyou Mountain Club will lead a free, six-mile hike into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to Pine Flat, a huge meadow cradled between the Illinois River and the rugged slopes leading to Bald Mountain to celebrate the turning of the seasons. Hear stories from the Kalmiopsis around a raging bonfire and enjoy a stew simmered on open flames. A shuttle will leave Ashland Saturday at 8 a.m., with rendezvous options in Medford, Grants Pass and Selma. The group will be back to Ashland by 8 p.m. Sunday. This overnight backpack is self-supported, and participants need to be prepared for winter weather. Space is limited to 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-708-2056 for more details and to sign up.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph. No one will be dropped. Call Ginny Jensen at 541-488-1398.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Call Ken Kelley at 541-857-6819.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Crank It Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations; 20 to 30 miles. Pace 12 to 15 mph, varied terrain. No one will be dropped. Call Tom Ryan at 541-261-4757.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace lining at high speeds. Pace: 18+ 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+ mph average over 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call David Chapman at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph with periodic pace lines over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Call John Bullock at 541-488-7962.