Monday, August 24, 2009

It’s for the Birds

Here’s a nice activity to do with the kids on one of these unexpectedly cool mornings, plus it's free. Visit the Henderson Bird Preserve. It’s home to thousands of migratory waterfowl as well as numerous resident desert birds. There are nine ponds available for birding, surrounded by both paved and soft surfaces. The Bird Preserve is part of a natural ecosystem and feeding the birds may create an imbalance by attracting too many birds. Feeding the birds and wildlife may also cause them to associate food with people and become more aggressive towards visitors.

Summer is very hot, but you can still see lots birds here, including nesting American avocets, black-necked stilts and plenty of native waterfowl such as mallards and ruddy ducks. Of course, resident desert birds such as verdin, Abert's towhee, crissal thrasher and roadrunners make our facility their home year round.

When you visit, expect to do a lot of walking and allow yourself adequate time to visit the area. The paved path is approximately 3/4 of a mile long and is accessible by wheelchair. The soft surfaces are mostly level and allow for easy walking. We also recommend that you wear appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy shoes. Bring water, a hat, and wear sunscreen. If you do not have binoculars, the Preserve has some available for loan.

The Preserve is located at 2400 B Moser Drive, near the intersection of Sunset Road and Boulder Highway (look for signs in the medians). It is located within the Water Treatment Facility and sits on approximately 140 acres.

Hours of Operation

March, April, May 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
June, July, Aug. 6:00 a.m.-noon
Sept., Oct., Nov. 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Dec., Jan., Feb. 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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