Thursday Talks presents “Road Runner Family” September 21

Road Runner family nest

Road Runner family nest

Linda Shannon-Hills

SaddleBrooke Ranch Thursday Talks will be hosting Doris Evans on Thursday, September 21, at 4:00 p.m. in La Mesa Room to give her fascinating presentation of a Road Runner Family.

Consider the roadrunner: an icon of the Southwest Desert yet few people have had the opportunity to observe these birds nesting, living or raising a family. Doris Evans has been fortunate enough to dedicate a large part of her life to the study of these birds. During her talk she will share her photography, videos and insights as she tells the story of the spring that she spent observing a family of roadrunners. Over a two-month period she spent many hours observing and photographing them as they went through the phases of nest building, egg laying, chick feeding and fledging. Doris brings a unique perspective that combines expert knowledge from her scientific study of these birds with her intimate experience as a witness to undisturbed desert life. During this heartwarming presentation you will consider the roadrunner in an entirely different light and gain fresh perspective on life in the desert.

Doris Evans taught elementary grades in Tucson Unified School District and in a small school for park employees in Big Bend National Park, Texas. She also held environmental education positions as Curator of Education at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and as Environmental Education Resource Teacher for the Tucson schools. She published a few natural history books but is now retired and enjoying nature photography, travel and volunteering for Tucson Audubon Society, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and the University of Arizona Wild Cat program.