Get Out: Friday, Feb. 2

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Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, Feb. 7: RVAS will now hold its first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase a ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/

Cascade Foothills Bird Walk

Thursday, Feb. 8: Look for winter raptors and other grassland birds at the city of Ashland Imperatrice property, in the Cascade foothills, with biologist Frank Lospalluto. American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers are common, but we may also see rough-legged hawks, other falcons and eagles. The walk startsb at 1 p.m. may be up to four miles on rough and steep trails. Free. For more info and to register, see www.landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.

Backpacking Basics

Thursday, Feb. 8: Instructor Tony Earl will take the mystery out of backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Plus, you'll get important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive.

Rogue River Preserve Stewardship Day

Saturday, Feb. 10: The group will pull invasive Scotch broom along the Rogue River near Eagle Point to help protect the biodiversity of the Rogue River Preserve. The group may also remove an old barbed-wire fence. After the community work party, eat your lunch along the river with the group. For more event info and to register, see www.landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.

Couple Shuffle

Saturday, Feb. 10: The annual event features the "Love Stinks" 5K run and a 10K relay for couples. The action begins at 9 a.m. at Centennial Golf Course, 1900 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. This is the first race in Southern Oregon to be hosted by and held on a golf course. From the clubhouse runners will go along the side of the ninth hole and then enjoy the scenic views of the entire back 9, with rolling hills, some fun corners and fast straightaways. The race will finish back at the clubhouse, where there will be plenty of refreshments and fun. For details, see the race calendar at http://www.sorunners.org/

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Feb. 10: The Rogue Valley Walkers explore Gold Hill and part of the Rogue River Trail. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Post Office on Second Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.


Rogue River Half Marathon


Saturday, Feb. 24: The annual half-marathon starts at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River, and a 5K starts at 10:30. For details, see the race calendar at http://www.sorunners.org/

Siskiyou Velo

Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at lisa4bikes@gmail.com.

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.

Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.

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