Tag: SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Insect Appreciation

Pam Boedeker If you see your neighbor out in her yard at night shining lights into her trees and bushes don’t be alarmed. She is a member of the SaddleBrooke Nature Club newly enthused about the insects living in her yard! She must have attended the humorous and informative presentation about insects by Jeff Babson.…

Desert animal candid camera

  Pam Boedeker This was Doris Evans’ sixth annual visit to SaddleBrooke Nature Club. Our favorite speaker has been involved in studying and teaching about desert plants and animals most of her life. Doris’ knowledge and curiosity about what’s going on in her yard has no limits. Much to our delight, Doris’ sleuthing skills have…

Running with the Gourds

  Pam Boedeker Members of the SaddleBrooke Nature Club had an Arizona-Perfect day to attend the Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival. It is held annually at the Pinal County Fair Grounds. In one building decorated gourds are set up in categories from kids to Grand Champion gourd artists. Blue, red and white ribbons are awarded in…

Fighting Wildland Fires

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club had a full house for its January meeting. Robert Rouseau and James Bell, veterans of the Golder Ranch Fire Department, captured our total attention with their first-hand knowledge and experience of fighting wildland fires. Golder Ranch Fire Department plays an important role nationally in both fighting wildland fires and educating…

The Gem Show is coming

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s speaker for the December meeting was Gloria Quigg. Her topic for the evening was Insiders Guide for Beginners Attending the World Class Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. Gloria chairs the publicity for the gem show which is held at the Tucson Convention Center. She is knowledgeable about the show…

Nature Club meeting

Ginny Berkey Do you know what happened to all the cacti that once covered the bare lot where the next Fry’s will be? If you have attended the Nature Club’s November meeting you would know and you would be aware of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Rescue Program. This group of over 1100 members…

SaddleBrooke Nature Club

The October meeting of the SaddleBrooke Nature Club featured Dr. Randall S. Smith of the University of Arizona’s Tree Ring Lab. Dendrochronology, the study and dating of tree rings, is the newest of the sciences and the University of Arizona’s lab is the only one like it in the world. Imagine a complete archive of…

Nature Club field trip to OdySea Aquarium

Pam Boedeker Twenty-four members of the SaddleBrooke Nature Club traveled to Scottsdale to visit the OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland. What better place to be on a hot summer day in the desert than the cool water surroundings of an aquarium? The 200,000 square foot facility is an architectural wonder! It was built in a…

Turtles, tortoises and terrapin

Karen Skaff and Jim Cloer; photo by Ed Skaff

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club was pleased to present our own beloved resident naturalist, Jim Cloer, for the last meeting of the season. Jim’s credentials would fill a page of this newspaper; however, on this particular evening it was his post-graduate work studying turtles that had our attention. There are some 300 species of turtles…