Desert dangers: Venomous creatures of the desert presentation planned for April 27

The scorpion; photo by Jerry Schudda

The scorpion; photo by Jerry Schudda

Jan Springer

SaddleBrooke Hiking Club Presentation will take place Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the HOA1 Activity Center.

Did you know that Arizona is the Venomous Capital of the United States? Come learn why at the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 when Liz Barta, Poison Education Specialist from the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, gives the inside scoop on all those critters that may be harmful to our health!

Members and guests will have the opportunity to learn all about the potential poisonings caused by bites and stings from snakes, scorpions, spiders and bees. She will tell us about the behavior of these animals, ways to prevent injuries and harmful effects from bites and stings and first aid treatments if you do get bitten or stung.

She will also tell us about the many services provided by the experts at the Arizona Drug and Poison Information Center. For example, did you know there is a toll free number to reach all poison centers in the U.S.A.? That number is 1-800-222-1222.

The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the HOA 1 Activity Center and is open to all SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents. Following the program participants are encouraged to go to the HOA 1 Clubhouse for social hour in the Agave Grill. For more information about the program and the hiking club, contact Mary Croft at 651-270-1660 or [email protected].