Learning more about the birds and the bees

Starla Kramer

Last fall, the Sun Lakes Garden Club learned all about “Bees and other Pollinators” from a Master Gardener. In April, the members are looking forward to learning about the Birds from Jack Holloway, an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast. Jack’s interest in nature began as a little kid who tried to catch anything that moved. As a bigger kid, he got his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Wildlife Biology. His nature-related jobs have found him living in the bogs of Alaska, the prairies of Nebraska, the Adirondacks of New York and the deserts of Arizona. Today, Jack volunteers at “Wild at Heart Raptor Center” in Carefree, AZ, to help Arizona’s injured raptors. When he can get away from his office, he spends his time outdoors photographing nature and touring around the U.S. and other countries to see the local wildlife and to provide nature tours and walks.

Visitors are welcome! However, you’ll want to become a member and receive our monthly newsletter and be able to participate in our meetings and field trips. The most recent field trips were a tour of an amazing private Bonsai Garden near Kierland Commons, then a tour of the St. Vincent De Paul Growing Farm (Aquaponic and Organic) in Phoenix. On April 2, members head to the Tucson Botanical Gardens and lunch at the Cafe’ Botanica on site!

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. for socializing and refreshments, followed by the program at 10:00 until noon. Members are invited to gather for an optional lunch after the meeting at a nearby restaurant. Meetings are held at the Chapel Center, located across the street from the Sun Lakes Country Club, next to the Sun Lakes All Faiths Church (9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd N.).

Dues are $20 per year ($25 for two members in the household). If you have questions about our upcoming events or membership, please call 480-540 8080.