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Birds of the Riparian Preserve

IMG_5118The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch provides a great opportunity for bird watching. Close to 200 have been sighted and people come from different states and countries to see our beautiful and sometimes rare birds.

One visiting group commented, "Maybe a time or two we had seen more species on a three hour bird trip, but never so many birds in combination with a large variety. We counted 56 species at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Some of the ponds were literally covered with ducks and shorebirds. Come see for yourself."

Bird Walks

IMG_9210Desert Rivers Audubon offers free Family Bird Walks every 3rd Saturday, October through March, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Dragonfly Ramada. They will loan binoculars and send small groups out with an expert birder for short walks. This is a nice way to enjoy the beautiful wildlife of the Preserve with your friends and family, and to learn about birdwatching and bird identification. Liberty Wildlife is also at the Ramada with us on these Saturdays, exhibiting live hawks and owls for you to see and learn about. Reservations are required for the Bird Walks if your group is over 8 people. Contact Marion Saffell,, 480 668-9393m or Krys Hammers, 480 413-9805, for more information or reservations. Scout groups are welcome. We are available for groups only, on the 3rd Saturday of April, by prearranged appointment.

orioleThe Early Birds, a Kid’s birding club open to ages 7-13, on the same mornings at 7:30 a.m. Parents and grandparents are also welcome to come along with this group. For info about Early Birds Kid’s Club, contact Joy Dingley,, 480 419-9804.

Advanced Bird Walks - Our experienced birding docent leads early morning walks for small groups throughout the year. Check the public programs calendar for upcoming dates.

Download a visitor's Preserve map in .pdf format