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Thursday, March 14: Want to know more about what makes Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America? The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will hold an event from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SOU Science Auditorium to present recently conducted fieldwork within the monument from students and professional scientists. Student researchers and their research topics include Emily Lind, who is researching morphology and vocalizations of the Oregon vesper sparrow subspecies within and around the CSNM; Neil Clayton and Alec Bayarsky, who are describing North American pika (Ochotona princeps) distribution in the monument; and Dylan Carlini, who is researching the rocks of the Western and High Cascades. Keynote presenter is John Villella, a lichenologist and mycologist researching the diversity and floristic patterns of epiphytic macrolichens on white oak in the Klamath-Siskiyou region. Refreshments will be served. A raffle will be held to raise money for the Friends Research Fund, a grant program that supports student research in the monument.
Saturday, March 16: The Ashland Forest Lands Commission is planning quarterly public outings in March, June and September. These outings will be led by Forest Lands commissioners and are designed for all ages. The first hike will visit upper Lithia Park, where participants will see and discuss forest health issues. Meet at the large parking area with a chain-link fence and boulders on Glenview Avenue no later than 9 a.m. The hike will last about three hours and is appropriate for all ages. March 30 will be the back-up date in case of inclement weather.
Saturday, March 16: The group will explore east Medford neighborhoods on a 10K walk, with a 5K option. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the big parking lot on Jackson Street across from Hawthorne Park. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Saturday, March 16: 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.
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.
Wednesday, April 3: 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/.
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.