Sunny and Bright on Mt Ashland
Yesterday, was a perfect day for frolicking in the snow on Mt Ashland. Locals and visitors alike were out on the mountain downhill/Nordic skiing, boarding and snowshoeing, taking in the sunshine and the views of the Siskiyou and Cascades.
The best kept secret in southern Oregon, if it’s not raining, we have sunshine! Now that might seem like a dumb thing to say, especially if you’re from California. But in places further north starting, say Eugene, no rain can still mean a gray sunless dreary day — for what seems like months on end. But not here in the Rouge Valley!
Hike with KSWild at French Flat
French Flat is designated as an area of critical environmental concern because of its high plant diversity on rich serpentine soils. The endangered Cook’s Lomatium grows here. This is a gentle 2-mile hike across rare serpentine pine savannah.
Carpool leave Coffee Heaven in Cafe Junction at 10am.
Be prepared for all weather. Bring water and a lunch. For more hikes and details, visit: www.kswild.org/events
Dates: May 18th– 20th, 2012 Location: Orleans, CA
Instructor: Wendell Wood Tuition: $250
Kids aged 15+, Meals and/or Lodging Included
Description: Explore the botanical diversity of the Klamath River canyon while staying at the lovely Sandy Bar Ranch, in Orleans, CA. This course will provide outdoor workshops in plant identification, as students hike and explore the different habitats found in the canyon. Additional evening programs will discuss plant identification techniques, the natural history of many local plant species, and ethno-botany. Class tuition covers lodging and some meals. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to register early!
For more information about this Siskiyou Field Institute class…
Wildflowers of Mount Ashland
Bob Gibbons, author of Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, $27.95) lists Mount Ashland as one of the 50 best wildflower sites.
Here’s what USAToday article says about Mount Ashland, Oregon
“This southern Oregon peak lords over sprawling Klamath-Siskiyou region, home to 3,500 plant species, including lilies and orchids. While you’ll find peak blooms from late June through August, something should be blossoming between April and October. “It’s a wonderful flowery place,” Gibbons says.”
Mount Ashland is one of my favorite places to hike in the late summer. When all the wildflowers are gone from the valley, Mount Ashland flowers are still splendid and abundant. Drive to the Mount Ashland ski resort, drive through the parking lot toward Grouse Gap. The road bisects sloping meadows of wild flowers and the native bees and humming birds with extra vigor buzzing about.
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Where: Lower Table Rock
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle State Park and Denman WMA
When: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012
Where: Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford
Join birding guide and KBO board member Harry Fuller for a trip to this diverse habitat along the Rogue River. We will look for Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, and Bald Eagle along the riparian corridor. We will also look for birds in the adjacent upland habitats, including Bewick’s Wren, Wrentit, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and California Quail.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770‑1104.
Klamath Bird Observatory guides bird walk at Emigrant Lake
When: Sat, March 3, 8am – 12pm
Join KBO contractor, volunteer and local bird expert Frank Lospalluto for an exploration of the habitats at Emigrant Lake. This popular local birding spot hosts wintering ducks and shorebirds, as well as Bald Eagle, Osprey, and, if we’re lucky, Golden Eagle. We’ll also look for woodpeckers, Oak Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many wintering sparrows, and other birds that inhabit the unique oak woodland and shrub habitats surrounding the lake.
Meet at 8:00 am at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541–482-3241.
Saturday, January 21
With the exciting development of introduced legislation for protections of the Wild Rogue, this month is a great time to reengage with the Rogue and the campaigns for its protections. Join Lesley Adams, Program Director of Rogue Riverkeeper, and Shane Jimerfield, our new Siskiyou Wild Rivers Director, on the hike and discuss the history of the region, developments in the campaign, and to learn about important ways that you can play a role in protecting the public lands and tributary streams of the Wild Rogue.
Carpool will leave Evo’s Coffee in Ashland at 9:30am (just downhill from the Chanticleer). Or, meet the group at the Grave Creek Boat Ramp at 11am.
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland Center hosts a hike in the Wild and Scenic Rogue River Gorge to Whisky Creek. Moderate-difficult, 7 miles with steep and narrow sections of trail. Carpool leaves Evo’s Coffee in Ashland at 10am and meets at Graves Creek Boat Ramp at 11:30am.
Lesley Adams Contact Phone 541 488 5789