Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO
These are the very same Screech Owl babies who were ‘disrupting’ the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season.
As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the ‘background’ [thankfully they weren’t miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem.
When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There’s a reason they are called “Screech Owls”!
Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it’s been much quieter in the theater.
This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.
Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014
The Applegate lavender tour comprised of farms and nurseries will be inviting the public to visit, pick, and buy lavender-based products while their lavender is in bloom. Some farms are not open to the public at any other time in the year.
Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel through Oregon’s pastoral countryside to each destination.
Each location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors, so be sure to visit the Lavender-festival page to help you decide which locations to visit. Entry to each location is free.
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.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening night is nearly upon us!
Already? YES, indeed! Attend any and all of the 2014 opening Shakespeare Festival plays and celebrate Valentine’s Day with drama, music and wit.
Friday, February 14th, the Tempest Directed by Tony Taccone, Prospero played by Denis Arndt.
February 15th, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Directed by Juliette Carrillo, written by Lorraine Hansberry (her ‘other’ more well known play is Raisin in the Sun)
February 16th opens the much awaited Marx Brother’s adaptation of The Cocoanuts Directed by David Ivers, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Georges S. Kaufman and adapted by OSF’s very own Mark Bedard.
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.
Introducing Southern Oregon Lavender Loop!
At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few “Lavender Ladies”. They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate. Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn’t a fluke, go back for seconds — err o.k. thirds.
In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley. I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public. What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields!
July 12–14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Ashland Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation North Mountain Park hosts “The Bear Creek Festival“
A free, annual event (first Saturday in October) and includes hand-on experiences offered by many local and regional organizations and sustainable farms. Participants can enjoy a variety of fun outdoor activities such as: mask-making, fly-casting, Native American demonstrations and learn to become better stewards of the local watershed.
Live entertainment takes place throughout the day and a wholesome and delicious food concession is provided.
Exhibitors and participants are asked to help make the Bear Creek Festival a Zero Waste event.
International Migratory Bird Day-Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where: Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
The 9th Annual Science of Wine — Focus on Oregon Wine
Sponsored by The City of Ashland, The Erath Foundation, and Royce Real Estate, proceeds benefit Science Works educational programs.
Winemakers’ Dinner and Live Auction
Thursday, May 3rd, 6 – 10pm Location: Ashland Springs Hotel 212 E. Main St. Ashland, OR 97520
Tickets: $75–85 (non-members)
An elegant and delicious evening at the Ashland Springs Hotel featuring 7 World of Wine award-winning wines expertly paired with dishes prepared by renowned area chefs.
Evening of Exploration
Friday, May 4th, 6:30 – 9pm Location; ScienceWorks Museum 1500 E. Main St. Ashland
Tickets: $15–20 (non-members)
Guests choose from The Art and Science of Barrels & Wine with Phil Burton of Barrel Builders and John Quinones of RoxyAnn Winery, Wine-Tasting 101 of French Varietals with Ron Stringfield of Galaxy Wine Distributors and Fermentation Transformation with winemaker Linda Donovan. Includes paired food and wine reception. Limited seating. Read More