Tag: SaddleBrooke Nature Club

A History of Those Who Ranched in Our Area

Pam Boedeker The speaker for the SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s December meeting was Bob Simpson. Bob moved to SaddleBrooke in 2002. As an avid hiker he became interested in who had previously owned and occupied the land from Canada del Oro to the Tortolitas. While many of us may have wondered about that, Bob’s curiosity turned…

What’s up with the bees?

Don Grafmiller and Darlene Carlson won honey from speaker Steven Thoenes.

Pam Boedeker The season opener for SaddleBrooke Nature Club featured a neighbor who also happens to be one of the world’s leading experts on honey bees. Steven Thoenes PhD grew up nearby in a family which raised honey bees. He continued the tradition and now has 45 years of experience as a bee keeper. Thoenes…

SaddleBrooke Nature Club visits lavender farm

Much to our surprise and delight, the SaddleBrooke Nature Club became aware of the Oracle, Arizona treasure known as “Life Under the Oaks” lavender farm. This family friendly venue has existed for several years nestled up against the Coronado National Forest at 103 S. Hobe Road. Owners and day-to-day operators are the Blair family, Carolyn,…

The future of our water supply

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club is addressing the future of our water supply in two sessions this year. The first speaker on this subject was Robert Glennon, Regents Professor, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at U of A. An expert in the field of water supply, Professor Glennon has received two…

Furry creatures in SaddleBrooke

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke is home to amazing residents. Jim Cloer is second to none. His passion for learning and teaching about our desert animals just radiates as he speaks. His presentation for the SaddleBrooke Nature Club began with a collection of his exceptional photographs titled, “Furry Creatures in SaddleBrooke.” Jim’s humor was evident in the…

Reclaiming urban trees

Pam Boedeker When someone loves what they are doing their enthusiasm is spread throughout the room. That was the case with SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s speaker, La Vor Smith. LaVor was a carpenter then construction supervisor in Boise, Idaho. As he approached retirement he shared his dream with cousin, Rex Condi, who lived in Phoenix. LaVor…