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Get Out: Jan. 31, 2014

Science in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Tuesday, Feb. 11: The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is home to a spectacular variety of plants and animals. Folks explore, conduct research projects and educate others in this diverse and wonderful area. Join the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou to learn about some of the research and education occurring there. The class, for ages 12 and older, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at North Mountain Park. The cost is $5. The instructor is Kristi Reynolds. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

Elements of Science Conference

Wednesday, Feb. 12: The National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory will host an all-day conference, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the forensic lab, 1490 E. Main St., Ashland. The event will emphasize “cool” science, as characterized by novel, surprising or innovative results, techniques or ideas. The event will present an opportunity for the local scientific community, and the science-interested public, to come together to share ideas, engage in discussion, and pursue common interests. Klamath Bird Observatory biologists will give two of the presentations. Free, but preregistration is required. Email Tabitha Viner at Tabitha_Viner@fws.gov to register.

Winter Wings Festival

Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 13-16: Registration is open for the annual bird festival in Klamath Falls, which features numerous expert speakers, workshops, bird outings and other events. To learn more and register for the festival, see the Winter Wings Festival website at http://winterwingsfest.org or call 877-541-2473.

John Day Citizen's Cross Country Ski Race

Sunday, Feb. 16: Entry forms are available for the 28th annual race at Diamond Lake Resort. The course is flat to rolling. The event, open to all ages and abilities, includes 20K, 10K and 5K freestyle (skating allowed) events and 10K and 5K classic (diagonal stride only) events. Entry forms can be downloaded from http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html. Race-day registration at the resort lodge will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The mass-start race starts at 10:30 a.m. For details, contact Reider Peterson at 541-488-8830 or rspeter@opendoor.com.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Wednesday, Feb. 19: The Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program will sponsor the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The festival features high adventure, high-adrenaline sports movies. For more details, see www.sou.edu/outdoorprogram/index.html or www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour

Native Plant Society of Oregon

Thursday, Feb. 20: Grasses of Southern Oregon: The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous. Cindy Roche, one of the illustrators of the grass volumes for “Flora of North America” and team member for writing “A Field Guide to Grasses of Oregon and Washington,” will show how to identify grasses and describe some of the native and invasive grasses of our region. Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 171. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7. Free. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.

KS Wild

Saturday, Feb. 8: Moderate, 5- to 6-mile, low-elevation hike along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in the Applegate Valley. A carpool will meet at Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. Call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or email morgan@kswild.org for more information and to sign up.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Feb. 1: 10K walk in the town of Rogue River and along the Rogue River Trail will start at 10 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. Meet at 9:45 to register and get acquainted. For details, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Saturday, Feb. 8: 10K walk in Jacksonville will begin at 10 a.m. Meet at 9:45 to register in the parking lot on D Street across the bridge from the library. For details, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Saturday, Feb. 22: 10K walk in Ashland, with a 5K option. Meet in the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street at 9:45 to register. For details, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Siskiyou Upland Trails Association

Saturday, Feb. 15: SUTA holds trail work parties from 8:30 to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For specific locations and other details, see http://sutaoregon.org.

Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes

Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.

Project Feeder Watch

Saturday, Feb. 1, Thursday-Friday, Feb. 6-7: Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds that visit the feeders in Ashland's North Mountain Park and Medford's Coyote Trails Nature Center. The program rotates between the two locations, occurring from 9 to 10 a.m. every other Saturday in Ashland at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., and from noon to 1 p.m. every other Thursday-Friday at Coyote Trails, 2931 S. Pacific Highway. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's Feeder Watch project, a nationwide bird monitoring project. Free. For details, call North Mountain Park at 541-488-6606 or Coyote Trails at 541-772-1390.

Klamath Bird Observatory

Saturday, Feb. 8: “Hawks at your Feeders.” Dick Ashford, a hawk expert and KBO board member who leads hawk trips in Southern Oregon, will give a presentation about how to recognize and appreciate the hawks that visit our backyards. This presentation, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Grange Co-op's Pet Country Store, 2833 N. Pacific Highway, Medford, is a fundraiser for KBO. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased by calling Laura at 541-245-2370 or by emailing her at lfleming@grangecoop.com.

Sunday, Feb. 9: Bird Walk to Roxy Ann Peak.KBO bird walk leader Brandon Breen will lead a moderate, three-mile roundtrip hike to Roxy Ann Peak that gains roughly 600 feet in elevation. Bring snacks, layered clothing and plenty of water. We expect to see goldfinches, Bewick's wrens, nuthatches, bluebirds and some raptors, including a chance of seeing a peregrine falcon and possibly some early migrants. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, Feb. 5: On the first Wednesday of every month, beginning Feb. 5, RVAS will conduct a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This will be an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don’t need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net). Contact him if you are willing to help.

Couples Truffle Shuffle

Saturday, Feb. 8: Annual 5K and 10K road relay race with a Valentine's theme. Register as a team in any number of categories or register solo and get a blind date! Chocolate truffles for all finishers and at the aid station. Start time is 10:30 a.m. Start and finish at Griffin Creek School. For entry details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

Rogue River Run

Saturday, Feb. 15: Half-marathon and 5K begin at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River. For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.

Every Saturday: 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. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact David Chapman at 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.