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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Sunday, Jan. 22: Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association is planning a work party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will take a scenic 4-5 mile roundtrip hike while doing some lopping, digging and hand-saw work. Group will meet at the corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road in Buncom and carpool to the trailhead. Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers, and bring gloves, water and whatever special snacks you like. If you have them, bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, rake or sturdy shovel. RSVP via email to SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food.
Talk: Ski the Rim of Crater Lake
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol member Robert Walters will give a free talk about how to travel safely, use the correct gear and enjoy a ski trip around Crater Lake in winter. Walters, a previous Crater Lake Ski Patrol member and the National Ski Patrol Oregon Region Advisor for Mountain Travel and Rescue, will talk about safely circumnavigating Crater Lake during the winter at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details or to register, see https://www.rei.com
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 24: The meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, will feature "Antarctica: Unknown & Unforgiving" by Dave Baker. Dave will talk about visits to the penguin rookeries inhabited by the four primary Antarctic penguins: emperor, gentoo, adelie and chinstrap. Dave is a frequent speaker in Medford's elementary schools where his video, "Mostly Penguins," has given hundreds of first-graders a virtual journey to Antarctica. He has lectured in most of the Jackson County libraries and is also a lecturer at OLLI, in Ashland and Medford. The meeting will be held at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/ for details.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 28: 10K walk in Eagle Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot south of Superior Fitness at 111 Alta Vista Road, Eagle Point. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace-lining at high speeds. Pace: 18-plus 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-plus mph average over approximately 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph with periodic pace lines for approximately 35 miles with some hills. Call Gary Shaff at 541-482-4537.
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.