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Project FeederWatch Ashland
Saturday, Nov. 24: Count the birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and other locales in North America. The free, one-hour watches provide novice birders an easy way to learn about bird identification with the help of local experts. For details, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org.
Volunteer at Whiskey Creek
Sunday, Nov. 25: Join the Siskiyou Mountain Club for a day of moderate work on the Whiskey Creek Trail, a historic route that reaches the highest reaches of the Upper Applegate. The club needs help treading, brushing and swamping the historic route. The work is moderate and beginners are highly encouraged. Volunteers will leave Ruch at 8:30 a.m. and be back by 4 p.m. All you need is a sack lunch, water and appropriate clothes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Ashland Trails: We’re the Fagawi?
Monday, Nov. 26: This talk about trails in the broader Ashland area will feature novel ways of looking at trail use, maps and other visualization tools. The talk, by Torsten Heycke, will also provide a glimpse into the trajectory of an Ashland watershed trail proposal. The proposed Wonder Trail will be used as an example. Adult refreshments (Ninkasi!) and some nibbles may be provided. The talk will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., Ashland.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Dec. 5: 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/
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes will be offered on weekends and holidays starting Saturday, Dec. 8, and every day from Dec. 15 through Jan. 6. They start at 1 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $15 per vehicle). Participants should be at least 8 years old. Pets are not allowed. Advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily except Dec. 25.
Introduction to trail work
Saturday, Dec. 8: Join the Siskiyou Mountain Club for an introduction to trail work. Everyone is welcome, first timers are encouraged. Hone your skills with the best in the business. Email email@example.com or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up.
Hike along the lower Rogue River
Saturday, Dec. 15: KS Wild will lead a moderate-difficulty, 6-mile hike through old-growth forests, past creeks and waterfalls, and along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. For more details on carpool locations and what to bring, sign up at www.kswild.org.
Whale Watch Week
Thursday-Monday, Dec. 27-31: Trained volunteers will be on hand at spots along the Oregon Coast to help people see and learn about gray whales as they head south for the winter. Learn more at whalespoken.wordpress.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.