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The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free monthly bird walks around the Rogue Valley. The bird walks occur every first Saturday of the month. They are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Saturday: Wild Birds Unlimited and the Klamath Bird Observatory will host a free bird walk along the Bear Creek Greenway from 8 a.m. to noon. They will visit Medford's Bear Creek Park, Hawthorne Park and Mingus Marsh and learn more about the birds in our local riparian areas. Please call to register at 770-1104.

Saturday: A moderate 10-mile hike on the Stein Butte and New London Trail Loop. Leave Medford at 8 a.m. Peter Grant: 482-7323.

March 17: A moderate five- six-mile hike on Lower Table Rock. Call Carol Walker at 488-8517 or Carol Ingleson at 245-6380.

March 24: A moderate/strenuous seven- eight-mile hike on Collings Mountain. Carol Walker: 488-8517.

April 7: A strenuous 12-mile hike on the Middle Fork of the Applegate Trail to the bridge, and possibly farther. Leave Medford at 8 a.m. Peter Grant: 482-7323

April 14: A moderate six- nine-mile hike on the Sterling Ditch Mine Trail. Carol Walker: 488-8517, Carol Ingelson: 245-6380.

Saturday: A six-mile novice ski tour at Deadwood Junction. Kellie Barry: 821-7147.

Saturday: A three-mile snowshoe hike from Deadwood Junction. Lucy Dilworth: 488-4860.

Monday: Hot waxing workshop. Call for directions. John Fertig: 601-5687.

March 16-18: Bend weekend at the Mount Bachelor cross-country Nordic center. Stay at the Entrada Motel. Dave Baker: 772-1478.

March 17: A novice six-mile ski tour at Deadwood Junction. Kellie Barry: 821-7147.

March 18: An intermediate seven-mile ski tour at Burton Butte. Meet at Clover Creek Sno-Park. Stefanie Ferrara: 776-3987.

Prepare-for-the-Pear-Run: Workouts at the North Medford High track Wednesdays at 6 p.m. conducted by the Southern Oregon Sizzlers running club. Free. For information, call Charles Hodge at 878-3457.

Pear Blossom Run: Register at www. pearblossomrun.com or fill out entry forms at Medford Parks & Recreation, the Medford Visitors Bureau, YMCA or the Rogue Valley Mall information booth. The run is April 14 and includes mile, two-mile, five-kilometer and 10-mile runs. Registration closes April 1. Deadline for Pear Blossom shirts is March 15.

Every Saturday: A valley training ride begins at 8 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader, Glenn Gann: 779-6986.

Every Sunday: A valley training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Rider leader, Glenn Gann: 779-6986.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 11 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. Ride leader: Bob Korfhage, 535-5276.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: A Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at Colver Park in Phoenix. Starting time, route and distance to be determined. Ride leader: Rick Berlet, 488-0036.