Tag: SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Scarlet Macaw conservation

Sedona is a five year old Scarlet Macaw.

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club had a colorful and very vocal guest speaker! Sedona, a five year old Scarlet Macaw, with her owner Kelly McGalliard, was here to tell us of the Macaw’s history in the Southwest and future in Central and South America. Ms. McGalliard began raising birds when she was a child. As…

Queen of the Night

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club adopted the Peniocereus greggi (desert night-blooming cereus) as its logo. It is one of the Sonoran Desert’s most famous yet least encountered plants. Most of the year it is a floppy, nondescript cactus. But on just a few nights it becomes the star of desert plants with its elegant white…

Arizona pecans

Rich Walden is Farm Manager for Santa Cruz Valley Pecan Farm.

Pam Boedeker This year the SaddleBrooke Nature Club has been focusing on the products of Arizona. In April our guest speaker’s expertise was pecans. Rich Walden is a third generation farmer from the Santa Cruz Valley south of Tucson. He is the Farm Manager for the Santa Cruz Valley Pecan Farm and is active in…

Let’s explore the desert

Doris Evans with her book, Let’s Explore the Desert Go Guide.

Pam Boedeker The SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s speaker for March was Doris Evans, returning for a third time by popular demand! Doris has taught in the Tucson Unified School District and in a small school for park employees in Big Bend National Park, Texas. She has held environmental education positions as Curator of Education at the…

What’s bugging you?

Pima County Urban Horticulture Agent Peter Warren

Pam Boedeker Peter Warren, Urban Horticulture Agent for the Pima County Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona was the speaker at SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s February meeting. Peter’s fascination with bugs began with grandparents who made learning fun! Peter studied, collected and grew up to find a job doing what he loved! Remember the drawings…

Stock your shelves with desert plants

Jean Groen spoke about the cooking and healing benefits from using cacti.

Pam Boedeker The December meeting of SaddleBrooke Nature Club began with Jim Cloer telling the group about volunteer opportunities with the Catalina State Park Nature Program. Possibilities are endless from photography to geology and plant study. The speaker at the meeting was Jean Groen from Apache Junction. Jean has a lifelong love of cooking and…

Stock your shelves with desert plants

Pam Boedeker The December meeting of SaddleBrooke Nature Club began with Jim Cloer telling the group about volunteer opportunities with the Catalina State Park Nature Program. Possibilities are endless from photography to geology and plant study. The speaker at the meeting was Jean Groen from Apache Junction. Jean has a lifelong love of cooking and…

Desert dangers: venomous creatures of the desert

Liz Barta, RN

Pam Boedeker The Coyote Room was filled to capacity for the November meeting of SaddleBrooke Nature Club. New residents and long-time residents were all interested in avoiding or treating those poisonous bites, stings and punctures that occur here in our Sonoran Desert. The speaker, Liz Barta, RN, has been with the University of Arizona College…

Catalina State Park expanding learning opportunities

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club members and other community volunteers are a big draw at Catalina State Park most Saturdays at the wildlife exhibit. The exhibit area has grown to include four tents, featured critters from our area, animal skins and a wide variety of hands-on activities. Volunteers enjoy interacting with kids and adults as…