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.
Caught in the act! Out of the Chanticleer Inn B&B’s breakfast window, I witnessed a squirrel stealing some acorns out of the neighborhood Acorn Woodpeckers’ granary.
This picture, taken by my mobile phone, shows him munching on the top of the electric pole the woodpeckers use for granary. A few minutes later 2 woodpeckers chased him away.
Dates: April 14th and 15th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Daphne Stone, PhD
Beginner/Intermediate level class, Naturalist Certificate
Description: Discover the wonderful and complex world of lichens! We’ll collect lichens from the meadows and forests around Deer Creek Center and then return to the classroom to identify and preserve specimens; examining their structures and learning terminology needed to discuss the basics of lichen identification. Students will learn to key lichens using Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll complete this class with a small personal lichen reference collection to further your lichen studies.
For more information click here.
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Where: Lower Table Rock
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway
When: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012
“Color Eggs for the Critters” an Eggs-Travaganza! at Wildlife Images.
March 31, 2012, 2:00pm
Children from 2 to 15 can come and help our animal care staff color eggs for the critters. Animal Keepers will place the colored eggs throughout the habitats during the following Easter weekend so that the animals have to forage for their food, and of course crack open the colorful shells. The animals love it! Free Event!
Dates: March 31st, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Daniel Newberry and Bruce Kiser
Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 10+
Description: Edible wild plants fascinate everyone, from the adventurer interested in learning wilderness survival strategies to the cook who wants to learn to prepare a meal from something new and different. In this class, you’ll learn how to identify common local plants, learn responsible wildcrafting procedures – most important of all – how to avoid poisonous plants. The class will finish with a feast that includes the fruits of our harvest in the field.
For more information on the Siskiyou Field Institute and to sign up click here
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.
Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) are tiny but important components of Pacific Northwest ecosystems. The Klamath/Siskiyou bioregion supports an amazing diversity of these fascinating non-vascular plants. In this class, students will learn about the basic biology and ecology of bryophytes, and will also learn to identify common species in the field. Class time will be divided between lectures, lab, and field trips.
Date: March 24th and 25th, 2012 Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Scot Loring Tuition: $100
Click here to sign up for this Siskiyou Field Institute class.
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