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Get Out: Oct. 22, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

Saturday: Hike to be announced. Contact hike leader Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224.

Nov. 7: Moderate, 10-mile hike to Pilot Rock. Contact hike leaders Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Cascade Mushroom Hunt

Saturday: Wayne Rolle will lead this all-day excursion, sponsored by the Native Plant Society, into the Cascades to hunt for fall mushrooms. The exact location will be determined the day of the excursion. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Medford BLM/Forest Service Interagency Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, in the visitors lot. For more information call Rolle at 482-0093. Free. Nonmembers welcome. Bring a lunch.

Fall Color Meditative Hike

Saturday: Join the Center for Spiritual Living - Medford for a fall color hike along the upper Rogue River. Rain or shine, the group will depart from CSL, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford, at 9 a.m. Call 734-8581 to sign up.

Fall Salmon Viewing Hike

Sunday: Join Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa for a free hike to view spawning salmon on the Applegate and Rogue Rivers. Nawa will explain chinook salmon life cycle and habitat needs. Hikers will meet at the parking lot of Fish Hatchery Park (outside of Grants Pass) at 1 p.m. to view spawning salmon at the park. After viewing the salmon, hikers will have the option of carpooling to view more salmon — either near the Applegate Store or to the Rainie Falls trailhead below Galice to see leaping salmon, depending on where the best salmon-viewing opportunities are. Hikers may see as many as 50 salmon spawning or leaping at waterfalls on the trip. This hike is suitable for children. Bring Polaroid sunglasses to see the fish better, as well as snacks and water for the hike. For more information, call the Siskiyou Project at 541-476-6648.

Birds of a Feather Run for Erik Skaggs

Saturday: Two-mile and 5-mile run/walk starts at 9 a.m. in Lithia Park in Ashland. There will be no set entry fee. Please donate what you can to help elite runner Erik Skaggs, of Ashland, who suffered kidney failure after setting a new course record at the Where's Waldo ultramarathon last month. Benefits will help cover Skaggs' medical costs. Regsister online at www.sorunners.org. For more information, contact race directors Hal Koerner or Ian Torrence 541-201-0017.

“Monster Dash” Halloween Fun Run

Oct. 31: The Kiwanis Club of Ashland and Ashland Schools Foundation are sponsoring a 5K run/1-mile fun run to raise awareness of ASF and raise money for Ashland public schools. The run starts in Lithia Park at 2 p.m., immediately before the children's Halloween parade in downtown Ashland, and ends on the plaza. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Awards will be given for runners by age group, plus prizes for best costumes by individuals and groups. Sign up by Oct. 16 to order a Monster Dash T-shirt. For more information, or to register, go to www.AshlandKiwanisMonsterDash.com.

Proceeds will support ASF's Literacy and Libraries campaign for the 2009-10 school year. If you have questions, call either Jeanne Walcher at 488-4897 or Susan Bacon at 482-8197.

Road biking

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 541-857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.

Every Sunday: Siskiyou Velo Club training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 541-779-6986.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee 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 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-ang-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: Cruiser Ride begins at 6 p.m. in Hawthorne Park in Medford. Distance and pace vary. Contact Marty's Cycles, 772-9253.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

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 supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association's Web site at www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Saturday: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip to the Nature Conservancy's Whetstone Savannah. Meet at the gravel lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street in Central Point at 8 a.m. to carpool. Expect to finish by 2 p.m. A couple miles of flat hiking involved. Boots advised for wet ground. Contact leader Dennis Vroman at 541-479-4619 or dpvroman@budget.net for details.

Nov. 4: Starting with this walk, the Rogue Valley Audubon Society's first-Wednesday birdwalks will move to the Denman Reserve. The walk will head west along the south side of Butte Creek through the northern section of the reserve, through meadow, riparian forest, wetland and pond habitat. Parking will in Agate Road pullouts on either side of the bridge over Butte Creek. For more information, contact Denny Niebuhr at 482-6589 or rogueden@ashlandhome.net.

Nov. 7: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Iron Gate Reservoir in Northern California. Dress for fall weather and bring a lunch. Group will depart by 8 a.m. from Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Leader is Vince Zauskey, KBO volunteer and member. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Nov. 14: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Lynn-Newbry Park and the Talent Greenway. This riparian area is bustling with birds in the fall. Group will look and listen for fox sparrows, wrentits, ruby-crowned kinglets and ring-necked ducks in the ponds. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Frank Lospalluto, KBO contract biologist and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Nov. 19 and 21: Klamath Bird Observatory raptor class and field trip to Butte Valley and Lower Klamath Basin. Here's your chance to observe hawks and eagles with an expert, Dick Ashford. A Thursday class, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center, is followed by a Saturday guided outing to Butte Valley, near Dorris, Calif. In late November, Butte Valley usually has better raptor viewing than its more-famous neighbor to the north, the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Past KBO hawk trips have seen red-tailed hawks in a variety of color morphs, rough-legged hawks, ferruginous hawks and golden eagles, northern harriers and merlin. Throughout the day, group will examine the natural history of hawks and their allies, including behavior, habitat and adaptations for survival. The Saturday field trip will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Shop 'N' Kart in Ashland to carpool and return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required, limit 20. Cost is $35 KBO members, $55 nonmembers. To register call 541-201-0866.

Dec. 19: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip at Jefferson Nature Center. This is the first in a series of quarterly trips. Future dates are March 30, June 30, and Sept. 29. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Nature Center, behind Harry & David Field off Highway 99 in Medford.

Birds of the Klamath Basin

Saturday: Siskiyou Field Institute class taught by Southern Oregon University biologist Stewart Janes. One of the largest flyways in North America, the Lower Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge teems with a diverse array of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. Experience their awe-inspiring presence during the Klamath Basin's astounding fall migration. Learn about the ecology and biology of birds. Bring along your notepad to add many new species to your life list while visiting the refuge during one of the busiest times of year in the marsh. Cost is $50. Call 541-597-8530 for information or go to www.sfi.org.

Birding in Columbia

Tuesday: Christopher Calonje, a Columbian native and Klamath Falls resident, is president of Columbia Birdwatch. He leads tours to Columbia and spends his winters birding there. Calonje is the speaker at the Rogue Valley Audubon Society's monthly chapter meeting at 7 p.m., held at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly, Medford. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org for details.