Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Holiday Party!
December 22nd, 10AM, at Lake of the Woods
Bring your skis or snowshoes; and come ready to play! All levels welcome.
Meet at Lake of the Woods Resort Marina at 10:00 a.m.
- Beginner lesson by Michael Dawkins
- Novice ski outing by Stefanie Ferrara
- Snowshoe outing by Marian Crumme
- Intermediate outing by Ron Gardner
After a day of skiing, meet up at the Marina between 2:00-3:00 p.m. The club will provide the pizza’s from the Marina grill. Fresh baked cookies from home would be welcome.
There will be a ski related/white elephant gift exchange if you want to participate. This event is hosted by Stefanie and she can be reached at 541-890-2979.
Carpool options from Ashland and Medford, details to follow. The Grants Pass Nordic Club will be joining us.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club (SONC) Meeting
7:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2012
Location D&S Harley Davidson, Phoenix
Presentation on Physical Preparation for Ski Season
Be sure to mark your calendar for So OR Nordic skiing club’s second meeting of the season. The program highlight will be Mary Ellen of Jackson County Physical Therapy who will share the best ways to get in shape for the season, and the best stretches to take care of our muscles after a tour.
Also on the agenda is a short presentation for beginners who will be participating in SONC lessons: a who, where, when, what, and how to be ready.
In addition, board member Marian Crumme will review the responsibilities of outing participants. Stay tuned as well for other important announcements , AND a dry land lesson from Michael Dawkins.
And no meeting is complete without refreshments – we’ll have plenty – and a RAFFLE with extra- nice prizes for the season (hint: wouldn’t you love to have a steaming hot beverage during a cold ski tour?).
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.
Date: May 12th, 2012
Location: TBA Instructor: Luke Ruediger Tuition: $50
Description: If you’ve read about local ecological restoration projects and wondered how they actually work, you’ll want to take this class. Students will visit a forest restoration site in the Upper Applegate Valley, where forests have been thinned to increase health and resilience; and then visit a prescribed burn on National Forest lands. While onsite, class discussions will cover topics including fire ecology, forest restoration, indigenous land management, land stewardship, historical ecology, and forest ecology.
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Date: May 20th, 2012
Location: Oregon Caves National Monument
Instructor: Lee Webb and OCNM staff
Description: In 1912, 23-year old Adah Morrison visited the Oregon Caves and took some photos of her visit. A digital collection of Adah’s photos of the Illinois Valley – including photos taken at the Oregon Caves – were donated to the Kerbyville Museum in 2011. In this class, you’ll view some those photos, introduced by Adah herself (Oregon Caves tour guide Terah Van Duesen), and then join Adah, and fellow Oregon Caves celebrity Elijah Davidson on a historic candlelight tour of the Caves.
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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!
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Date: May 12th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Michael Parker, PhD
Kids aged 10+
Description: Explore the amazing diversity of the amphibians and reptiles found in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The day will begin with a classroom session, to help students learn to identify the many species of “herps” found in our region, and to learn about species distribution, ecology and conservation. Then, we’ll head into the field to visit a variety of habitats found within striking distance of the Deer Creek Center, to observe these creatures in their natural environment.
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The Story in the Song Songwriting Workshop with David Berkeley
Saturday, May 12 • Time: 10am-Noon
Tickets – $35
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Can a song be a springboard for a story?
Can a story inspire a song?
How do we translate our personal narratives into lyrics?
What are the narrative restraints on a song lyric?
What are the challenges and benefits of the medium?
In this 2 hour workshop by visiting author/songwriter David Berkeley, we will explore the relationship between stories and songs, between words and music, between prose and lyrics, between reality and creativity. Read More
Date: May 5th, 2012
Location: near Crescent City, CA
Instructor: Keith Bensen
2 hikers, Naturalist Certificate
Description: The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. Read More
Date: April 28th, 2012
Location: Crescent City, CA Instructor: Gary Bloomfield
Tuition: $50 Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 12+
Description: This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast.
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