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Saturday, March 2: Learn about Applegate Valley hiking trails with Janeen Sathre, fifth-generation Applegater and co-author of “Favorite Hikes of the Applegate,” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Sathre has for many years led hikers on the trails throughout the area. Her presentation will feature a slideshow of trail pictures and answers to questions. For more information, call the library at 541-899-7438.
Saturday, March 2: Rogue Valley Walkers will visit Jacksonville for a 10K walk. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the city parking lot on D Street, across the small bridge to the library. There is also a 5K option. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Saturday, March 2: Help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.
Saturday, March 2: Lichenologist John Villella will lead a lichen walk around Lithia Park in Ashland for the Siskiyou chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lithia Park supports both urban-adapted lichen species and forest species. Participants will learn how to interpret air quality and the health of the forest using lichens, as well as the role of lichens and bryophytes for wildlife, nutrient cycling and canopy ecology. For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at Detweiler.email@example.com. Free.
Wednesday, March 6: Rogue Valley Audubon Society 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/.
Thursday, March 21: Barbara Wilson of the Carex Working Group will talk about the genus Lomatium and unresolved classification, type specimen problems, and the many species that are still undescribed. 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, contact Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-878-2049.
Through April 28: Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends and holidays through April. 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, 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.
Registration is open: The fourth annual Up & Down: Ride the Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway will take place Saturday, July 20, starting at Emigrant Lake. Two routes: Scenic Bikeway with 49 miles and 4,900 feet of climbing; Spencer Creek with 96 miles and 7,800 feet. Register at upanddownashland.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 email@example.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.