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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway, 4/7/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway

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Orange-crowned Warbler

When: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012

Where: Meet at 8:00 at the Northwest Nature Shop
Join KBO volunteer and birder Forrest English for a fun biking and birding outing to the Ashland Pond and along the Bear Creek Greenway. We will enjoy the spring weather as we look for spring migrants like Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We’ll also look for Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, and more.
Bring your bike, helmet, and binoculars. Meet at 8:00 am at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 10 participants. To register, call 541–482-3241.
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Klamath Bird Observatory teaches Birding Basics, 5/2/12


Birding Basics, hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory

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Female evening grosbeak, photo by Samantha Franks

When: Wed, May 2, 7pm – 9pm

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center

Ever wanted to get involved with bird watching, but don’t know where to start? In this fun evening class we will review the basics of birding: where to go, when to go, and what to look for. We will discuss the basics of bird anatomy, bird ID and bird behavior, and will view photos of Ashland’s most common birds.

We will practice our ID skills with an interactive Power point presentation. Finally, we will provide an overview and recommendations for birding “equipment:” field guides, binoculars, and scopes. $10.

Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541–488-6606.

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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival “White Snake“, 2012


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The White Snake. Concept and Illustrations by Owen Jones and Partners, Ltd. Photography by Jenny Graham.

White Snake, adapted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is a fairytale portrayed with lavish beauty and clever illusion.

An ancient tale with classic messages, enacted beautifully with a blend of puppetry, light, ingenious prop use, acrobatic dance and live music. Both tragic and comedic, the tale will speak to many about loyalty, jealousy and most of all, loving enduring acceptance of others despite their demons.

The run time is shorter than most plays, thus you will be transported into the fairytale with no interruptions, i.e., no intermission!

If it’s not obvious by now, I really liked this performance. My only regret is that White Snake will not be played for the full season. It closes July 8th. Only those who come early in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s season will be rewarded with this delightful performance.

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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Animal Crackers, 2012


Animal Crackers

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Animal Crackers bodes well for the 2012 season!

Is it wacky? Yes. Is it broad in humor? Oh yes. Will it delight those who adore play on words and social satire? Yes, again. Will it charm those who love song and dance? Definitely!

In the Vaudeville and Marx Brothers tradition, Animal Crackers is entertainment, strong on fun and weak on plot. But it’s Vaudeville: do we really need a solid storyline?  It’s entertainment that the entire family should enjoy. Judging by the two pre-teen girls sitting behind me who giggled, clapped and chortled throughout the entire play, I say bring the kids!

This is the first Oregon Shakespeare Festival play of the season I have seen and the first ever review I’ve written for this blog. For those who know me and know which plays I tend to favor, then you’ll know that Animal Crackers is not my kind of play.  That said, Oregon Shakespeare Festival does madcap, zany so well that you should not miss Animal Crackers.

Alan “Rosey” Rosenberg, an Ashland realtor and self-styled theater reviewer has his own take on local performances and has created a website to share his passion for theater.  So for another review (from a much more theatrically knowledgeable point of view) go to Mr. Rosenberg’s website.

 

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Oregon Cabaret Theater: The Big Bang, a new musical, 3/30 thru 5/27/12


Oregon Cabaret Theater

The Big Bang March 30 – May 27, Previews March 28 & 29

Jed and Boyd are ambitious young songwriters hosting a backer’s audition to finance their show The Big Bang, the most extravagant musical ever written. However for this evening it’s just the two guys madly tearing around a Park Avenue penthouse using every available piece of furniture and home decor to act out all the parts of their show whose subject is the entire history of the world. Adam and Eve enjoy free food in Eden. Slaves kvetch about schlepping stones to build the pyramids. Nefertiti’s a soul diva. Caesar ignores the soothsayer’s warning about getting “whacked.” Read More

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WildLife Images, Color Eggs for the Critters, 3/31/12


WildLife Images in Merlin OR

“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!

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Cheryl Wheeler, Singer/Songwriter, 3/30/12


Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8pm

Cheryl Wheeler in Ashland

Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17, children under 12 are free with paying adult.

Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

Cheryl Wheeler is an anomaly on the acoustic music scene. She has a rare gift for writing songs with lush melodies and lyrics of incredible beauty. On the other hand, she is a master of quick wit. Her observational humor has brought us a number of songs describing the utter ridiculousness of the world around us. And then there is the richness of her silky alto telling us what lies in the deepest recesses of her songwriter’s heart.” says, FAME

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Edible Plants, 3/31/12


Dates: March 31st, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR

Instructor: Daniel Newberry and Bruce Kiser

Tuition: $50

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

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle & Denman, 3/10/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle State Park and Denman WMA

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Belted Kingfisher

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.

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Klamath Bird Observatory Bird Walk, 3/3/12


Klamath Bird Observatory guides bird walk at Emigrant Lake

Birding Klamath

Titmouse, photo by Ellen

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.

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