Nature Lovers Corner Birding

Suffering the quarantine blues a year ago, I wrote an article remembering the last time we birded Hawaii’s Big Island, five years earlier. With the pandemic ebbing a bit this year, we decided … Read more

Despite my obsession with birds, my true love never gave me a partridge in a pear tree, let alone any of the five other birds mentioned in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, a carol published in … Read more

When November rolls around, thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, being thankful and, inevitably, turkeys. Whether turkeys think about our holiday has yet to be proven, and except for the annually pa… Read more

When we lived in West Linn, Oregon, we lived on the Willamette River, a broad slow-moving river that flows south to north into the mighty Columbia at Portland, Oregon. We lived in that house 1… Read more

Mexico’s peninsula state, aptly named Baja (lower) California, is always a delightful destination, but February might be the best time to visit. Amazing birds are seen at any time of the year,… Read more


Beginning the first day of this year, January 1, 2022, the United States Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 Shortage to go into effect for the Colorado River basin. It is the first t… Read more

When I first moved to Arizona in the late 1970s, I shipped fresh citrus to my parents who lived in the mountains of Colorado each December. It was a rare thing for them to have a box of tangel… Read more

Your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are please to invite you to attend an online program presented by Jared McKinley with his partner Katy Gierlach, owners of Spadefoot Nurse… Read more

Recent monsoon rains brought much moisture and beauty to our thirsty desert, and with the rain came mosquitos, gnats and black beetles that carpeted our streets after the storms. Most of these… Read more

Nature Lovers Corner Naturalists

One day, several years ago, I saw a very strange looking snake crawling across a trail. It was a kingsnake, but without the yellow and black ring patterns—in fact, it had no pattern, but had p… Read more

Over the years, I have met far too many SaddleBrooke residents that have lost their much loved pets to a predator. Even though a resident was in the yard with his dog and had the patio lights … Read more

I got many calls last summer and fall from residents wondering who or what was digging up their gardens and potted plants. The answer is skunks. Then they wanted to know if they could relocate… Read more