Get Out: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

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    Cross-Country Ski: Sky Lakes Wilderness

    Friday, Feb. 24: Siskiyou Mountain Club Chairwoman Angie Panter will lead a moderate, 6- to 7-mile cross-country ski trip in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Beginners welcome. Carpools will meet at 9 a.m. at White City Dollar Tree, 7338 Crater Lake Highway. Organzers expect to be back by 3 p.m. Seize on this winter's snow pack and get off the beaten path. Group size limited. Angie says she's bringing cookies, "and a good attitude, of course." Email for more details and to sign up.


    Table Rocks guided hikes

    All hikes are free, but reservations are required. Information about the hikes and online reservations can be made at For information, call the Medford District BLM at 541-618-2200. 

    Saturday, Feb. 25: Michael Parker, SOU Biology Department chair, and Molly Morison, The Nature Conservancy’s stewardship coordinator, will lead a 9 a.m. hike on Upper Table Rock to observe fairy shrimp and other small invertebrates and plants that thrive in the vernal pools. Learn about their unique adaptations in the seasonal and quick-changing pools. Try to spot the tiny vernal pool fairy shrimp, Branchinecta lynchi, a federally threatened species.

    Sunday, March 12: John Villella, a botanist with the Siskiyou Biosurvey and member of the American Bryological & Lichenological Society, along with members members of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a hike to observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae at 10 a.m. on Upper Table Rock. There’s also a chance to discover early-blooming wildflowers.

    Saturday, March 25:  Molly Allen, BLM environmental education specialist, will lead a general information hike to the top of Upper Table Rock that’s suitable for the whole family. The hike will start at 9 a.m. and will provide a good introduction to wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history at the Upper Table Rock.


    Southern Oregon Nordic Club

    Saturday, Feb. 25: Beginner and intermediate classic ski lessons begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. A ski tour will follow at noon. Locations will vary depending on snow conditions, so confirm the time and meeting location with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703, prior to the outing. A schedule with other upcoming Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings and contact info is available on the website.


    Walking the wild Applegate

    Tuesday, Feb. 28: The Applegate Trails Association will show a film called "Walking the Wild Applegate," the story of two ATA members, Luke Ruediger and Josh Weber, who hiked the entire 80 miles, from downtown Ashland to Grants Pass, of the proposed Jack-Ash Trail. The free screening will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. For details, see


    Rogue Valley Audubon Society

    Tuesday, Feb. 28: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society's February chapter meeting will feature "What's New with the Oregon Conservation Strategy," presented by ODFW wildlife biologist Steve Niemela, who is working to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy in southwest Oregon. The presentation will introduce the newly revised Oregon Conservation Strategy and discuss the important role of conservation groups and citizen scientists in the conservation of the region's wildlife species and habitats. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. For more information, see


    Southern Oregon Nordic Club meeting

    Thursday, March 2: Torsten Heycke will talk about "Skiing Makes the Man" and "Running the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim 2016," and Michael Dawkins will provide skiing tips, at the cross-country skiing club's monthly meeting, at 7 p.m. at D&S Harley-Davidson, 3846 S. Pacific Highway. There will be refreshments and door prizes. For more information, see


    Nature Journals 101

    Sunday, March 5: Explore Lithia Park and create a nature journal of your observations in this free event sponsored by Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. At 2 p.m., participants will meet at the store and walk over to the park to observe and record what they hear, smell, see and feel. Nature journaling teaches children to become keen observers of the natural world by drawing and writing about plants and animals in the field. Christy Chow will lead this class for children 5 and older. Register at the store or call 541-482-3241.


    Siskiyou Velo

    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 for more information.

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