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Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, Feb. 19: Southern Oregon University botany professor John Roden will discuss his research on fog variation in coastal California, how fog can be used as a water source for coast redwoods and the implications for climate reconstruction. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., the meeting and program start at 7 p.m. in Room 114 of the Cascade Science Building at SOU in Ashland. Free. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Feb. 21: The group will work from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which includes lunch provided by SUTA. Meet at Buncom (corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) by 8:30. Group will carpool to a private property along Little Applegate Road to access the ditch. If you have them, bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, or sturdy shovel. Bring water and whatever snacks you like. SUTA supplies additional trail tools and snacks. For detailed driving direction see www.sutaoregon.org. If you plan to come, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Sunday, Feb 22: RVAS member Bob Hunter and Brian Barr, of GEOS Institute, will lead a trip to several nearby birding locations, including Kirtland Ponds. Wintering waterfowl and other species will be observed. Meet at 8 a.m. at the east end of the Dollar Tree parking lot (SE corner of Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 140). Bring food and water. Plan to return around 2 p.m. Carpooling is required. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society's monthly meeting will feature wildlife biologist Marnie Allbritten, who will cover aspects of building, maintaining, monitoring and banding at artificial gourd sites for Purple Martins. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Lidgate Hall at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. For information, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Sunday, Feb. 15: A Primitive Basketry class for ages 12 and older will teach participants to weave baskets from natural and readily available materials. Students will build a basket to take home. For details, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Saturday, Feb. 21: Primitive Cooking, for ages 8 through adult, will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn techniques for cooking over an open flame. For details, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Saturday, Feb. 28: Primitive Shelter Building for Kids will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The class, for ages 6-17, will teach participants how to keep themselves sheltered — the first line of defense in a survival situation — using materials at hand. For details, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 21: 10K “Name that Park" walk will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of The Inn at Riverside on 7th Street. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see
Rogue River Half Marathon and Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K Run
Saturday, Feb. 21: The annual races will begin at 10 a.m. in Fleming Park in Rogue River. The half-marathon course goes out and back on the Rogue River Greenway and North River Road. Proceeds will benefit the Hidden Valley High School cross-country program. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Klamath Basin birding trip
Sunday, Feb. 22: Terence Philippe will lead an all-day outing to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge to look for bald eagles, hawks, golden eagles and waterfowl too numerous to list. The group will meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. in Ashland, at 7 a.m. to carpool. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Expect cold weather, and bring binoculars, snacks and lunch. Space is limited to 10 participants. Call 541-482-3241 to reserve a space. Suggested donation is $25 per participant.
Saturday, Feb. 28: The second annual Camelback Run, a 15K race through the hilly roads around Phoenix, will also include an out-and-back 5K and elementary 1-mile run. The 15K starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 5K at 9:30. The miler starts at 8:30. The races will start and finish at the Phoenix High School track, 745 N. Rose St., Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit the Phoenix High School track and field team. For details and to register, see http://camelbackrun.com.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph. No one will be dropped. Call Ginny Jensen at 541-488-1398.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou 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. Call Ken Kelley at 541-857-6819.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced group riders who wish to ride in periodic pace lines at a moderate-plus average pace (16 to 18 mph); more than 50 miles, on mostly hilly terrain. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Crank It Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations; 20 to 30 miles. Pace 12 to 15 mph, varied terrain. No one will be dropped. Call Tom Ryan at 541-261-4757.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace lining at high speeds. Pace: 18+ mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph average over 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call David Chapman at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph with periodic pace lines over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.