Tag: SaddleBrooke Nature Club

Basics of Water Resources and Supply

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club began a four-part series of lectures on our water supply. The first speaker was Bruce Hale. Bruce is a SaddleBrooke resident who has extensive experience with water supply and resources. Bruce has degrees in both biology and chemistry. He has an Associate degree in digital electronics and a Masters in…

Update on the Oracle Road Animal Crossings

Pam Boedeker Do you remember the rumors and doubts about the construction of the animal bridge on Oracle Road in 2014? There was even a cartoon of a dinosaur crossing the bridge. SaddleBrooke Nature Club speaker, Jessica Marino, represented the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. The Coalition’s mission is to protect the biodiversity of the…

North American Monsoons Past and Future

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club was fortunate to have Jessica Tierney return to speak with us via Zoom. Jessica is a rare speaker who can translate her scientific knowledge to a language her audience can comprehend. Jessica earned her doctorate from Brown University where she specialized in Paleoclimatology and Organic Geochemistry. She did postdoctoral research at…

Backyard Wildlife

Pam Boedeker SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s meeting room is closed but that didn’t stop us from having Doris Evans show us her photography of the critters in her yard. She is our favorite speaker and closes out our season every year. This year she came to us on Zoom. Doris has a growing collection of cameras…

Arizona’s Magnificent Trees

Speaker John Orona and door prize winners Karen Pachis, Shannon Martinell, and Richard Ewing (Photo by Ed Skaff)

Pam Boedeker Looking down the street at the scrawny mesquite and palo verde trees, it’s hard to imagine that magnificent trees exist in our state. SaddleBrooke Nature Club’s speaker has documented some 200 grand trees in Arizona. And he’s asking us to find more! John Orona, is an urban forest specialist with the Arizona Department of…

Save the Queen

Pam Boedeker A speaker who loves her job brings energy and enthusiasm to her presentation. That was certainly the case with Jessie Byrd, manager of the Pima County Native Plant Nursery. Jessie shared photos and information about her beloved Queen of the Night with SaddleBrooke Nature Club. Jessie is devoted to rescuing the Peniocereus greggii…

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…