Take a Hike! Table Rocks Weekend Hike Series Finale

Table Rocks Hike Season — Spring 2013

BLM and The Nature Conservancy Offer

 Interpretive Hiking Opportunities

Cohort 5 grad student Mandy Noel leads hikes for the environmental education program at the Table Rocks for the Bureau of Land Management in the spring.
Cohort 5 grad student Mandy Noel leads hikes for the Bureau of Land Management’s Table Rocks Environmental Education Program in the spring. Photo by Jenna Raino.

Wildflowers are displaying colorful blooms; bird songs fill the air – spring is returning to Southern Oregon. It’s time for the annual spring Table Rocks weekend hike series! The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are offering guided, educational hikes on the Table Rocks in April and May. This popular hike series promises a spectacular view of the valley, an abundance of wildflowers, and expert interpretation from specialists on the natural and cultural history of the area.

The hike series is nearing its end, so get a spot while you still can! Anyone from the community is welcome to sign up. There is no fee to participate, but reservations are required. Participation is limited to 20 individuals per hike unless otherwise noted. To reserve a space on a hike, call the BLM Medford District Office Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m. at (541) 618-2200. Please sign up no later than 4 p.m. the Friday prior to the date of the hike. Higlighted below are the final hikes for this year’s hike series. More information on the hike schedule can be found on the BLM’s Table Rocks Web site and The Nature Conservancy Web site:

http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php

http://nature.org/trhikes.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch and water (drinking water is not available at either Upper or Lower Table Rock).  Restrooms are available at both trailheads.  To help protect this special place and its inhabitants, dogs are not allowed on the trail.  The hikes range from three to five miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail, and last three to five hours.

 

The mounded prairie/ vernal pool habitat on the top of Upper Table Rock. Photo by Jenna Raino.
The mounded prairie/ vernal pool habitat on the top of Upper Table Rock. Photo by Jenna Raino.

2013 Table Rocks Weekend Hike Series Spring Schedule

Saturday, May 11               8:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK

Bird’s the Word: Teresa “Bird” Wicks, Klamath Bird Observatory intern and Southern Oregon University environmental education graduate student, will lead a group on a birding excursion through the chaparral, oak savanna, mixed woodland and mounded prairie/vernal pool plant communities of the Table Rocks. Bring your binoculars and bird guides and pick Bird’s brain with your ornithology curiosities.

Henderson's Fawn Lily. Photo by Jenna Raino.
Henderson’s Fawn Lily. Photo by Jenna Raino.

Sunday, May 12  Mother’s Day       10:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK           

Nature Rocks! Spend Mother’s Day with a BLM environmental interpretation specialist on a family hike to the top of the rock!  This is a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology, and cultural history.

Grass widows blowing in the breeze. Photo by Jenna Raino.
Grass widows blowing in the breeze. Photo by Jenna Raino.

Saturday, May 18                10:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK

Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders: Dr. Peter Schroeder, Associate Professor of Biology and Entomologist at Southern Oregon University, will lead a hike to explore and discuss the amazing six and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks.

A Western Fence Lizard basking in the sun. Photo by Jenna Raino.
A Western Fence Lizard basking in the sun. Photo by Jenna Raino.

 

Sunday, May 19     10:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK  

Spring Nature Sketching: Join artist Cheryl Magellen, local drawing instructor and member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists, for a spring nature sketching session of the magnificent vistas, flora, and fauna of the Table Rocks. Bring along your sketchbooks, pencils, felt-tip pens, or other drawing supplies, and learn to capture your interpretation of the natural world on paper.

Participation is limited to 15 individuals.

 7:30 p.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK LOOP 

That’s Batty! Join Tony Kerwin, BLM wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator, to learn more about the regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats facing them. The group will use bat detectors to listen for bats on a short walk around the Lower Table Rock Loop (1/2 mile accessible trail). Bring your flashlights and good hiking shoes!

I spy with my little eye a Pacific Tree Frog! Can you find him? Photo by Jenna Raino.
I spy with my little eye a Pacific Tree Frog! Can you find him? Photo by Jenna Raino.
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