Get Out: Friday, May 4

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Hike & Learn: Native People of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5: A Friday talk in the Ashland Outdoor store by Jeff Lalande from 6 to 7 p.m. will explore the seasonal uses by the Shasta and Takelma, who have a history of hunting and gathering within what is now the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will lead a moderate, 3-mile hike on part of the PCT near Pilot Rock. All are welcome for the Friday talk. Registration is required for the Saturday hike. For information and to register, see cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com.

Lithia Park nature walks

Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May through September. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 541-488-5340.

Table Rocks hikes

For more information and to register for the hikes, see https://TableRockHikes2018.eventbrite.com or call 541-618-2200.

9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Upper Table Rock: Archaeologists Jennifer Sigler and Lisa Rice will explore the remains of Camp White’s artillery range, which includes pillboxes for infantry drills. Limited to 15 people.

10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Lower Table Rock Loop Trail: The Storytelling Guild will lead a hike for kids and adults focusing on legends and tales about the Takelma Indians who once lived there.

9 a.m. Sunday, May 6, Upper Table Rock: Dave Harvey and members of the Oregon Poetry Association will share poems inspired by nature and the Table Rocks. Hikers are encouraged to bring a favorite or original poem inspired by nature to share.

9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, Upper Table Rock: Yoga teacher Jamie Harris will meet hikers at the trailhead for some basic stretching before a hike to the top, where everyone will experience balance postures. No yoga experience required.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12, Lower Table Rock Loop Trail: Wildlife biologist Steve Godwin leads a night hike to look for and listen to owls on the half-mile trail. Godwin will attempt to lure pygmy, great-horned and screech owls and offer a short presentation about the physical adaptations of bats, owls and other nocturnal creatures. Bring flashlights.

9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, Lower Table Rock: Entomologist Bill Schaupp will lead a hike observing and discussing insects that occupy the Table Rocks.

10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, Lower Table Rock: Musicians Tish McFadden and Jeff Kloetzel will lead a ukulele-fueled musical jam on top of the rock. All skill levels are invited and participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles. Music booklets will be provided.

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes

To read more about each hike and to register, go to landconserve.org. If a hike is full, you can join a waiting list, as cancellations do happen.

Saturday, May 5: Fish, Forest and Landforms at the Rogue River Preserve, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fisheries ecologist Randy Frick, forest ecologist Tom Atzet, and soil scientist David Steinfeld will lead an exploration of this riverfront property near Eagle Point.

Saturday, May 12: Sam’s Valley Cultural and Natural History Tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judi Boyd, cemetery board director, will begin the tour with a presentation on the historic Antioch Cemetery. The tour will continue on the adjoining 125-acre SOLC conservation easement property with owner Art Coolidge. The easement protects many sensitive and protected varieties of plants and animals. Together, this block of land provides great habitat for visits of up to 40 elk, Lewis’s woodpecker and hawks, along with extensive varieties of flora, including rare Gentner’s fritillary.

Saturday, May 19: Birding the Rogue River Preserve, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Biologist Dennis Vroman will lead a birding trip on this private property along the Rogue River outside of Eagle Point.

Saturday, June 9: Cathedral Hills hike, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a hike on the trails at Cathedral Hills just outside Grants Pass.

Sunday, June 24: Dragonfly Exploration at Rogue River Preserve, noon to 4 p.m. Learn about dragonfly ecology and identification on a gorgeous property on the Rogue. This outing will be led by naturalists Norm Barrett, Gary Shaffer and Jim Livaudais.

Talk by hiking author William Sullivan

Thursday, May 10: Oregon’s hiking guru will deliver a slide-show tour of a dozen new trails he discovered while researching his “100 Hikes” books on Oregon, at 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. The talk is free, but seating is limited. Call Northwest Nature Shop for more information at 541- 482-3241 or see its online calendar www.northwestnatureshop.com.

Talk: ‘Wild Wolves and Us’

Wednesday, May 16: Holly Hertel weaves together wolf biology, the population comeback of wolves in America, and how wolf studies are conducted during her lecture “Wild Wolves and Us,” from 4-5 p.m. at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. For information, call the library at 541-855-1994.

Ride of Silence

Wednesday May 16: The Rogue Valley Ride of Silence bicycle event starts at 7 p.m. from Hawthorne Park in Medford, continues to Central Point on city streets and returns on the Bear Creek Greenway. The event commemorates bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads, and is intended to raise awareness among motorists of cyclists using the roads. Medford police bicycle patrol officers will escort the procession. The ride will proceed at a slow to moderate speed, less than 12 mph. Helmets are required and lights are advised. For information, see www.siskiyouvelo.org/news/ride-of-silence/

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, June 6: RVAS holds 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 an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.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 Mello 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 Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

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