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Birding for Kids hike
Sunday, Sept. 14: At 10 a.m., Northwest Nature Shop and KS Wild will team up to lead a family bird walk at Ashland pond. This kid-focused walk will show you a few tricks with binoculars, teach you to identify our local feathered friends, and play a fun bird behavior game. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge, but space is limited, so sign up in advance at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Siskiyou Crest Botanical Area hike
Sep 21, 2014 from 10:00 am to 02:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 21: Northwest Nature Shop and KS Wild will lead a half-day botanical hike to the the heart of the Siskiyou Crest from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children and adults are invited to join expert naturalists Jeanine Moy and Doug and Tabitha Viner to learn about the rich botanical life of the Siskiyou Crest. The hike offers magnificent views south to Mount Shasta, the Scott Valley and the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Space is limited. Suggested donation $5. Call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241 to sign up.
Lithia Park Nature Walks
Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays: Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. Meet at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. No preregistration required. Free. Call 541-488-5340.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 20: 10K walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option, will meet at 8:45 a.m. at The Lodge at Riverside. Parking is available on Eighth Street, behind the Lodge. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Pine to Palm 100
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13: The annual 100-mile race features a remote and rugged course traversing the Siskiyou Mountains. Starting in Williams, the course winds east to Ashland on a mixture of single-track trail and dirt roads, with less than 4 miles of pavement. The course boasts over 20,000 feet of climbiong and 20,000 feet of descent, with 3 epic climbs to 7,000 feet. Registration closed Wednesday. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com/P2P100/raceinfo.html
The Rogue Run
Sunday, Sept. 21: Half-marathon and 10K travel along the Bear Creek Greenway with surprising aid stations, beautiful scenery and refreshments at the end. The 10K starts at Bear Creek Park and the half-marathon starts at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. Both races finish at The Expo, which will be hosting the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest that weekend. For details, see www.theroguerun.com.
Enchanted Forest Wine Run
Saturday, Sept. 27: Featuring a half-marathon and a 5K, the race will begin at Wooldridge Creek Winery, 818 Slagle Creek Road, Grants Pass. Runners will weave through vineyards before descending through the winding trails of the Enchanted Forest. For details, see http://thewinerun.com.
Talent Harvest Festival Run
Saturday, Oct. 4: 10K and 5K run/walk begin and end at the Talent Skateboard Park. For details and to register, see the race calendar at http://sorunners.org.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Sept. 13: Ron Ketchum will lead a trip to the mountain lakes of the nearby Cascades. Likely stopping places include Howard Prairie Lake, Hyatt Lake, Lily Glen Campground and Little Hyatt Lake. Late migrant warblers, early waterfowl and such mountain specialties as mountain quail and mountain bluebird are among the target birds. Meet at the west end of the Shop'n Kart parking lot in Ashland at 7:30 a.m. to carpool. Most birding will be by driving to points of interest and stopping to observe. No significant hiking involved. Email Ketchum at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: 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 is 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, email@example.com). Contact him if you are willing to help.
Siskiyou Velo Club
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: VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced group riders who wish to ride at a moderate-plus average pace (16-18 mph); more than 50 miles, on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Wayne Evitts at 541-816-0007.
Every Saturday: VeloMello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. 20 to 25 miles, Rides are easy pace (10-13 mph) and terrain with frequent stops to regroup. No one will be dropped. Mostly flat, neighborhoods and country roads. Contact Elaine Sweet at 541-482-8332.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact Fred Stapenhorst at 541-708-0045.