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Get Out: December 6, 2007

Saturday and Sunday: A ski/snowshoe trip into the Grouse Gap shelter near Mount Ashland is planned. The group will stay overnight at the shelter. Those wishing to gain winter camping experience can bring a tent. At the shelter, there will be a clinic on treating cold-weather injuries and illness in the backcountry, including frostbite, hypothermia and cold-water immersion. The next day, participants will ski/snowshoe up to the summit of Mount Ashland. On the way, they will discuss techniques for tracking and identifying animal tracks in the snow. Lunch will be at the summit. Call 531-7623 for more information.

Saturday: A 10-mile moderate/strenuous hike to Stein Butte via New London Trail is planned. For information call: 951-9139.

Dec. 15: An 8-mile moderate snowshoe hike to Little Hyatt Lake is planned. For information call, 210-0204.

Ashland Fitness Studio is sponsoring fitness adventures the third Saturday of each month. Dec. 15: Moderate, 5-mile roundtrip hike into the southern Cascades to the east portal of an abandoned train tunnel. Cross the meadow to where the workers camped, hike up the slag rock removed from the tunnel and follow an ancient drainage ditch to the mouth of the tunnel. Call Kit at 488-8431.


Rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments. Helmets are required. For more information e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday: A mellow ride of 20-plus miles begins at 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Park in Medford. Twenty-plus miles. Rider leader: Phil Gagnon: 488-4289.

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 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. 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 Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.


The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 482-3241 for information.

Saturday: Hawks! All-Day Field Trip with Dick Ashford. Hawks and eagles have captured our imagination like few other birds. Want to observe them with an expert? Here's your chance: join Dick Ashford for a guided outing to the Klamath Basin to view these majestic raptors. The Klamath Basin hosts the largest contingent of wintering Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states, and we'll try to see as many as we can. Additionally, there are large numbers of Ferruginous Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and a few falcons, as well. Throughout the day, we'll examine the natural history of these magnificent creatures, including behavior, habitat and adaptations for survival. Meet at 8 a.m. at Shop N Kart in Ashland to carpool. Return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required (limit: 15). Donation to KBO: $25 nonmembers, $15 members. To register, call 201-0866.

Project FeederWatch

Saturday: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 & up; When: Alternate Saturdays starting this weekend and continuing through March; 9-10 a.m., except Jan. 5, 10-11 a.m.; North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information: 488-6606.


Winter Botany in Your Backyard, December 15, 1 - 3 p.m. The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society will offer a free winter botany show at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Labeled conifers and cones, evergreen shrubs, distinctive twigs and unique common stalks will be on display. Society members will be available to answer questions. Call 482-3241 for info.