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Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, March 4: 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 onc.org/sonc website.
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.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 11: 10K walk in Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Albertsons store at I-5 Exit 33. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Table Rocks guided hikes
The hikes are free, but reservations are required. Information about the hikes and online reservations can be made at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com. For information, call the Medford District BLM at 541-618-2200.
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.
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, March 16: Jan and Dave Dobak will provide a look at the flora of northern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and Wheeler Peak, and at California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Women's Backpacking Basics
Thursday, March 16: Want to take your day hikes overnight? Connect with other female hikers to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in this women's-only class. Learn how to choose a pack and select proper clothing and footwear. Plus, you'll get important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. The class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford.
Work Party: Jacksonville Woodlands
Saturday, March 18: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will lead a work party in the Jacksonville Woodlands to remove invasive English ivy from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek off Highway 238 opposite Reservoir Road. Snacks, tools and gloves will be supplied. Come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and water-resistant, closed-toed shoes, preferably boots, and bring water. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26: Siskiyou Mountain Club is organizing a moderate backpacking trip on the East Fork Illinois River Trail. Spend a night under the first spring skies of 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
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
Build your own bird house
Saturday, April 1: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will offer a birdhouse-making class at 11 a.m. Lee Webb, local wildlife biologist, will lead the class and have some fun facts about birds. This is a family-friendly project that includes hammering and drilling. Please bring a hammer to the class. A $5 donation to Siskiyou Audubon Society is encouraged. Register at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Bird Walk to Ashland Pond
Sunday, April 2: Northwest Nature Shop will lead a trip to Ashland Pond, an Ashland birding hotspot. Waterfowl, raptors — and possible river otter and beaver sightings — will round out the morning. Expect about 2 miles of walking on gentle paths. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3241 to reserve a space.
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 email@example.com.
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.