Get Out: Feb. 21, 2014
Rogue Valley Walkers
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.
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.
Applegate Trails Association
Saturday, March 22: Moderate to difficult, two-mile hike to Isabelle Mountain Peak or (optional) Isabelle Springs Trail. Hikers will meet at the Bunny Meadows staging area on Forest Creek Road at 9 a.m. For details, Contact David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or email@example.com, or see www.applegatetrails.org.
Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, March 22: SUTA holds trail work parties from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For details, see http://sutaoregon.org.
Saturday, March 1: A brand-new race with a 15K and two-miler. The 15K will kick off at 9 a.m. at Phoenix High School, and the two-miler will start at 9:15 a.m. The early entry fee for either race is $10. Race-day registration will cost $15. All proceeds will support the Phoenix track & field team. See http://camelbackrun.com for details and to register.
Tar 'N Trail
Saturday, March 8: A 6-mile race over a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and the side streets of Ashland begins at 8 a.m. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Saturday, March 15: Annual 5-mile race begins at 9 a.m. at Crater High School in Central Point. For details, see the race calendar at www.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.
Project Feeder Watch
Friday, Feb. 21: Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds that visit the feeders in Medford's Coyote Trails Nature Center from noon to 1 p.m. at 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.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, March 5: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts 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, firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact him if you are willing to help.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Tuesday, Feb. 25: The club's monthly meeting will feature Norm Barrett talking about “Dragonflies of Jackson County.” They are more than big/little. red/blue/green/brown. Discover what makes their identification so challenging. How many species can be found here? How long do they live? Where do they go? All will be revealed. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.
Work Party at Jacksonville Woodlands
Saturday, March 22: Volunteers will remove English ivy along Jackson Creek in Jacksonville from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek just outside of Jacksonville. Snacks and gloves will be provided. Come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes, preferably boots. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. For information, call 541-482-3069. To get there, head west on Highway 238 from downtown Jacksonville about 0.8 miles past Pair-A-Dice Road. The Jackson Creek parking lot is on the left. The parking lot is opposite.