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Get Out: Friday, Dec. 18

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Project FeederWatch

Friday, Dec. 18: 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 will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at Coyote Trails. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html

Overnight trip: Pine Flat solstice rendezvous

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Pine Flat rendezvous. 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 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. 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 gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org or call 541-708-2056 for more details and to sign up.

Nordic Club holiday party

Saturday, Dec. 19: The Southern Oregon, Klamath Basin and Grants Pass Nordic clubs will hold their annual joint club ski-season kick-off holiday party at Lake of the Woods Resort. Meet at Lake of the Woods Marina at 10 a.m. Snow or no snow, the group will still have a pizza party. RSVP to Stephanie Ferrara at simon0402@me.net or 541-890-2979. For information about the Southern Oregon Nordic Club, including a calendar of cross-country ski lessons and outings, see http://southernonc.tripod.com/

Medford Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 19: Local birders will be in the field from dawn to dusk as they take part in the biggest citizen-science effort in the Americas. The area for the Medford count is a circle 15 miles in diameter, centered approximately a mile west of the junction of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City. The circle is divided into 15 sections, with teams of birders, each with an experienced leader, counting birds in each section. All birders are welcome to participate, and newcomers will be assigned to a group by the Medford count coordinator. Those who live in the count circle and have bird feeders can do a feeder watch and add their sightings to the count. CBC feeder watch instructions and a tally sheet can be obtained by contacting Bob Hunter at 541-826-5569 or bobhunter@embarqmail.com. CBC teams will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bobbio's Pizza and Pasta, 2105 Roberts Road, Medford, for refreshments and to review the day's reports. All are welcome to attend, even if you did not count.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Dec. 19: This 10-kilometer Ashland Town Walk at 6 p.m. is an interesting way to exercise and enjoy Ashland’s Christmas lights. Meet at 5:45 in the parking lot of the former Haggens Grocery at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Ashland Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Jan. 2: The count circle for Ashland is centered at the northwest corner of Emigrant Lake, so the count area includes the northeastern slopes of Mount Ashland and the western slopes of the Cascades as far east as Little Hyatt Lake. Also in the official area are Siskiyou Mountain woodlands, extensive farmland-grassland-oak savanna habitats, and the city of Ashland with its parks, gardens and riparian habitats. To participate, email Carol Mockridge by Dec. 20 at mockridge50@hotmail.com. Teams usually meet at or shortly after daybreak and bird until dusk. Birders who wish to count birds that visit their backyard feeders are encouraged to join the Ashland CBC lineup. Newcomers are welcome to participate. A post-count dinner will be held at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant on the Plaza.

17th annual Ashland dipper count

Saturday, Jan. 2: Bob Quaccia will lead the 17th annual Ashland Dipper Count. Participants will meet at the Ashland Plaza at 9 a.m., and the count will take about three hours as the group slowly works its way up through Lithia Park. For information, contact Quaccia at bquaccia@hotmail.com

Agate Lake bird walk

Wednesday, Jan. 6: 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.

Frostbite Run

Saturday, Jan. 9: The annual 5K and 10K runs begin at noon at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. For details and to register, see www.sorunners.org

Crater Lake snowshoe hikes

Through May 1: Free, ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with additional outings offered weekdays in late December and early January. The walks last about two hours and covers a mile of moderately strenuous terrain through forests and meadows along Crater Lake's rim. Participants will learn about the park's plant and animal life, and how they survive during the long winter. No previous snowshoe experience is required, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. Participants should be at least 8 years old, and wear warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space is limited. To sign up, call the park visitor center at 541-594-3100.

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.