Tag: SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Interpreting the stars

Jim O’Connor interpreting the stars; photo by Dan Chase

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club has found some of our greatest resources right here! Jim O’Connor is an outstanding example of someone who has found time in retirement to delve further into a special interest. Fortunately for us he is willing to share his wealth of information on astronomy and its relevance to Native Americans.…

Gemstones of Arizona

Nature Club door prize winner Jean Medema; photo by Ed Skaff

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club discovered a gem right here in SaddleBrooke. Gloria Quigg’s knowledge and experience with gems and minerals extends far beyond her presentation last month on the History of Mining in the Southwest. This month Gloria returned to share her information on gemstones of the Southwest and some history of Indian Jewelry.…

The History of Mining in the Southwest

Door prize winners from left are Caraleen Ford and Jackie Hall with speaker, Gloria Quigg; Photo by Ed Skaff

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club was fortunate to have a SaddleBrooke resident as our speaker for the March meeting. Gloria Quigg is a retired Computer Specialist from the FAA. She wanted to study gems and minerals in her retired life. That began with courses at the Gemological Institute of American in Carlsbad, California. Gloria joined…

Recycle 101

Pam Boedeker Jill Burris, Public Sector Representative for Waste Management, was the speaker at the February meeting of SaddleBrooke Nature Club. She is the third generation in her family to have an interest and career in waste management. Her grandfather and father both had careers involving the ever-evolving efforts to collect and process waste. Jill…

The Roadrunner

Doris Evans speaking at SaddleBrooke Nature Club; photo by Ed Skaff

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club was just delighted to have Doris Evans return for the fifth time! Her informative and delightful presentation was about the Roadrunner. Doris observed a Roadrunner carrying nesting materials across her driveway. Being a nature educator, Doris followed him/her and eventually located the nest. It was perfectly placed so Doris could…

Resilience Ecology in a changing world

Door prize winner Jean Patton and Don Falk; photo by Ed Skaff

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club has again benefitted from the incredible speakers, research and resources about our desert environment at the University of Arizona. Our speaker at the November meeting was Dr. Don Falk. He is on the faculty at the University of Arizona teaching a class on Watershed Management and Ecohydrology. His research areas…

SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Dr. William Doelle

Jo Ann Waddell At the first meeting of the year, a filled-to-capacity room of SaddleBrooke Nature Club members and guests heard archaeologist Dr. William Doelle present a program titled Exploring Communities of the Distant Past. Dr. Doelle, founder of Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, used Power Point screens to illustrate the millennial history of the people…

The Saguaro Story

Doris Evans

Back for her fourth appearance at the SaddleBrooke Nature Club, Doris Evans presented The Saguaro Story; the life history of the saguaro and its role in our environment with an emphasis on birds. Doris is an annual favorite at SaddleBrooke Nature Club. She speaks to a standing-room-only crowd. Her previous topics have been The Roadrunner…

Restoring water flow to the Colorado River Delta

Holly Richter, speaker for SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Pam Boedeker and JoAnn Waddell Holly Richter, the Arizona Water Projects Director for the Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, provided an overview of Colorado River Basin water issues to the SaddleBrooke Nature Club on March 10. The watershed of the Colorado River encompasses essentially the entire state of Arizona, including large tributary streams like…

All aboard

SaddleBrooke Nature Club members rode the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake.

JoAnn Waddell On March 16, thirty-five members of the SaddleBrooke Nature Club boarded the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs created by dams on the Salt River. It is located on The Apache Trail behind the Superstition Mountains. The weather was perfect for the hour and a half nature…