Hiking Club Puts Birding on the March Program Schedule

Jim Smith in the field. Photo by Bev Smith.

Jim Smith in the field. Photo by Bev Smith.

Bruce Hale

The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club welcomes Dr. James “Jim” Smith, a seven-year club member, as the featured speaker at its monthly meeting and program on March 18, 2020. Dr. Smith’s presentation is titled “A Hiker’s Guide to Birding: SaddleBrooke, SE Arizona, and Beyond.”

Alongside wildflower viewing, birding is an easy way for hikers to immerse themselves in nature

while on the trail. No one knows this better than Jim, a birder for more than 20 years and a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. His interests include fly fishing, rafting, and kayaking—all of which are also good activities for seeing birds.

Jim started birding in Oklahoma and Texas, where he was born, but he has been known to use binoculars frequently on Washington’s Lopez Island, his summertime home, and here in Arizona. He has guided birding trips in southern Arizona and in Texas.

A long-time Texas resident and retired physician, Jim obtained his undergrad and medical degrees at Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine. He has no ornithology degree, but, rest assured, Jim knows his birds and how to have fun watching them. He eagerly shares this avian passion. He is also a keen photographer, enjoying sports and nature imaging, thus, we can look forward to some nice bird images in this presentation.

Hiking Club presentations are held on the third Wednesday of most month in the SaddleBrooke One Activity Center at 4 p.m. Club members and other SaddleBrooke residents are welcome to attend.