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Students from C. T. Sewell Elementary School and author Carolyn Ahern took part in a celebration on October 11, 2017, welcoming a tortoise named Tino to his new home at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Ms. Ahern raised Tino from about the age of 6 months and has written books featuring him as the main character, including Tino the Tortoise: Adventures in the Grand Canyon.
Tino is about 10 years old and super friendly. He enjoys people and is very curious about the world around him. He is expected to go to into hibernation (brumation) in mid- to late October and should emerge sometime in March. Watch for educational programs for people of all ages this spring centered on Tino and the life of a desert tortoise.
Named "Best Place For Bird Watching" in Desert Companion's 3rd Annual Best of the City
The preserve is located at 350 E. Galleria Dr., near the intersection of Galleria Drive and Boulder Highway (look for signs in the medians). It is located within the Water Reclamation Facility and sits on approximately 140 acres.
It is 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 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. When you visit, expect to do a lot of walking and allow yourself adequate time to visit the area. 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, we have some available for loan.
Please do not feed the birds or wildlife. The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is located on the eastern edge of the Pacific Migratory Flyway and many of the birds that come here are temporary visitors. Feeding wildlife disrupts natural feeding behaviors and encourages an unhealthy association with humans. Pets are not permitted at this facility..
While you're here, be sure to stop by our gift shop. We have a nice selection of souvenirs, educational materials, and gifts for every bird lover. We also offer educational programs for all ages. Please refer to Henderson Happenings for a current schedule.
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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.
During the fall you can expect to see large numbers of migratory waterfowl and returning shore birds. Fall migration is an exciting time with the possibility of seeing warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, sparrows and many other passerine species.
Winter and Early Spring
During the winter and early spring, you can expect to see many species of duck such as the northern shoveler, green wing, cinnamon and blue wing teal, pintail, bufflehead, and one of the most beautiful of all North American ducks, the wood duck. Winter is also an ideal time to see geese (Canada, snow and Ross's) and returning tundra swan. The Preserve also provides habitat for a variety of raptors including peregrine falcons, northern harriers and both Cooper's and sharpshinned hawks. Desert specialties and resident species include verdin, Abert's towhee, Gambel's quail, greater roadrunner, and crissal thrasher.
Bird Viewing Preserve history