Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock
Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford. You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley.
There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley. Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails.
It’s that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping. Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering. Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out. With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!
Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory
Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014
Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.
Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.
Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.
Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.
The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of Ashland, Oregon. The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.
Instead of tending the inn’s garden today, my friend Peggy enticed me out to play tourist in the and check out the lavender farms in the Applegate Valley area.
Peggy has been anxious to pick lavender and replenish her dried flower arrangements. I have been wanting to familiarize myself with the farms and view the gardens. The Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festival allowed us to indulge in our desires.
Lavender farming is a relatively new thing in the area. Four farms are up and running; and there are 2 additional farms starting up in 2014.
The two farms that most favorably impressed us were: Lavender Fields Forever and Applegate Valley Lavender Farm. Thankfully they are the ones closest to Jacksonville! I like the idea of giving people something else to do while wine tasting — inserting a lavender farm or two between the tasting stops.
THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Crater Lake’s East Rim Drive Opens for Non-Motorized Recreation
June 22 and 23, 2013 East Rim Drive circling Crater Lake will be open to non-motorized traffic only. Early snow melt allows the park to offer this rare opportunity to enjoy Crater Lake at a slower and quieter pace for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Hiking Grizzly Peak
One of my all time favorite hikes is up on Grizzly Peak. Northeast of Ashland, Grizzly Peak is the tallest peak viewable from the Chanticleer Inn.
This hike affords great sweeping views: From the car park view Mt. McLoughlin and on a clear day the peaks surrounding Crater Lake. Then from the trail, the entire Rogue and Bear Creek Valleys. Further west and south on the trail you can see Mt. Ashland, Emigrant Lake, Pilot Rock and Mt. Shasta.
The trail is about fairly easy, 5 miles round trip, some elevation gain but not at all difficult. Directions to the trail head.
The Flowers of Grizzly Peak are best part!
From spring to late summer, the flowers are too many to count and each kind is wonderful. Trail runs through forest, meadows and rocky outcrops: each area is packed with a variety of flowers. The blooms rotate through the entire season. One can hike Grizzly Peak every two weeks and see different bouquets.
A Day Trip on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail
Yesterday, friends and I spent an afternoon in Jacksonville. This is my first time exploring the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system — loved it!
Jacksonville, a darling historic town, is less than 30 minutes from Ashland. Each time I visit it seems to get better.
The shops are fun to poke around in, but in deference to my [male] friend, instead of antique, toy, and cooking shops, we went for a quick hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system.
The trails switch back and forth above the Britt Festival. Any number of trail heads are easily accessed near downtown. The hillside is full of native Madrones, Oaks, and lots of little native wildflowers. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers. The trail is well shaded and would be a great respite from the summer heat.
Increasingly there are wine tasting rooms cropping up in downtown proper … recommended by many is Quady North on California St.
One of my favorite eateries is C St. Bistro (closed Sundays).
Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon, hike the hills and marvel at the spring flowers
The early spring flowers are blooming on the valley floor. They look so delicate and sweet. In reality they are hardy perennials.
Picture here is Purple-eyed Grass. At the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon, the related Blue-eyed Grass is abound in the south facing flower beds.
Chanticleer Inn: a deer nursery!
It’s fawning time in Ashland. A doe left a fawn at the front door — literally on the Chanticleer Inn B&B’s porch.
Mother deer will leave the fawns in order to browse and feed, and will later return to them.
Most of the time, the fawn is safely sequestered in tall grass or under a bush. Being so new fawns have no scent for predators to catch a whiff of, and the spots help camouflage the baby. The deer in Ashland are so accustomed to humans, they leave them on sidewalks, in alleys, and now apparently at front doors.
My favorite Oregon Wildflowers Hike at Grizzly Peak
First time I’ve been to Grizzly Peak this early in the year, only a few are starting to bloom: Trillium, Klamath Fawn Lilies, Fritillaria pudica, and Lomatium.
After the most recent late-spring snow melts, there will be more Oregon wildflowers to see! I can barely wait to get back to my favorite hiking trail.
Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.
“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”
Dates: June 23rd and 24th, 2012, Tuition: $100
Location: Ashland, OR
Instructor: Pepper Trail
Description: Hone your identification skills and explore the relationships among groups of birds in this lab and field course. On Saturday, join Pepper Trail, Ph.D., for a day in the lab at SOU, where you’ll refresh your taxonomic know-how, look at identifying characteristics, and discuss their ecological significance.
On Sunday, the class will travel to the Klamath Basin, one of the richest birding sites in Oregon, to practice identifying species in the field.
Pepper Trail, PhD has studied bird behavior and conservation around the world with the support of the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other groups. He works as the ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland.
For more information go the Siskiyou Field Institute’s website.