‘Second Chance for Wild Wings’ with Liberty Wildlife, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, March 12

Join us Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm, Gilbert Community Center, 130 North Oak Street, Gilbert for Second Chance for Wild Wings as volunteers with Liberty Wildlife demonstrate the resilience and care required of injured Arizona wildlife.

Bring kids and cameras and be ready for raptor stare-downs.

Bring kids and cameras and be ready for raptor stare-downs.

Bring kids & cameras as we visit with some of Arizona’s most charismatic birds (which may include eagles, owls or hawks).
Come early to browse our mobile book shop, visit, and discover volunteer opportunities with Desert Rivers Audubon.
FREE. Light refreshments served.

Feb2012DRAS2Part of the Arizona Scitech Festival.

Spearheaded by Arizona Science Center, the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and over 350 organizations statewide, the Arizona SciTech Festival, held annually in February and March celebrates the scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities in our state and their potential global impact.

Volunteers needed for Hope Kids birdwalks in January

Anne Koch,
Volunteer Coordinator,
Desert Rivers Audubon
kidsWe have 2 important events upcoming in the New Year for which we will need extra volunteers, both in our booth and to do birdwalks, with children and families. Both will be at Gilbert Riparian.
On Sat Jan 12th, from 9:15 am, we will be taking out families from the Hope Kids organisation. These families have children with severe disabilities and /or life threatening or chronic illness. Hope Kids organizes activities for these families each weekend.
On Sat  Feb 9th, from 9:45 am, we will be taking out families from the Foundation for Blind Children, whose purpose is to create opportunities for anyone with vision loss to achieve, and provide a support system for families. We will have birdsong recordings and tactile (hands on) activities for these children. You do not need to be an expert birder to help out as the birding will be very basic and you will be given information to help you make this a rewarding experience for both you and the children.
Liberty Wildlife will be doing a presentation for both groups and we will have a craft activity afterwards for them. Several members of the board have been working hard putting all this in place.
We will need help setting up, from 8:30 am, and with the crafts after the walk. We generally have an excellent turnout for both events, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 “Hope” families, and around 20 blind children, with their helpers.
Please let me know if you think you can help out in any way, or if you have any questions. These are such rewarding activities. The first birdwalk I helped with, was with the Hope Kids, and it got me hooked!
Thank you so much!

What we accomplished this past year and our plans for the future

By Krys Hammers,
Desert Rivers Audubon

Dear Desert Rivers Audubon Members and Friends,

Krys Hammers (l), President, Desert Rivers Audubon, with Greg Clark of Wild at Heart and feather friend.

At the end of each year, we assess what we accomplished in the past year, and make plans for the future. We also make this appeal to our friends to consider giving Desert Rivers a special gift above and beyond your membership dues.

Since membership dues do not begin to cover operation costs, we depend upon corporate gifts, book sales, recycling of aluminum cans, raffle income, and our year-end appeal to help keep Desert Rivers financially healthy and moving forward. In these tough economic times, charitable giving for conservation is on the decrease, and yet the needs remain.

Desert Rivers has continued to actively work to fulfill our mission: to educate and inspire our community on birds, wildlife and their habitats.

Last year, Desert Rivers engaged the public and its members with the following programs, all of which are free.

We received a Together Green grant to partner with Wild at Heart to build 100 burrows for Burrowing Owls at Zanjero Park. The burrows were built in Oct, 2011 and 10 owls were released in April. Again this spring we will build a tent to temporarily house another 10 owls. After 30 days they will be released to the area.

We’ve recently hosted our first annual Tour de Bird, a tour of urban bird habitats that demonstrate how everyone can help birds in their own backyard.

The Field Trips program had over 400 attendees to locations around town and the state. These trips are an important way we introduce new friends to birding and the conservation message.

Thanks to volunteers, who donated almost 600 hours, we’ve continued our monthly public birdwalk programs at Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park and the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. These birdwalks help engage our community with an appreciation for Arizona birds and conservation message. Every child leaves with a gift to help them continue to appreciate the birds around them.

Joy Dingley hosts her Early Birds Club for children 7 – 13. These enthusiastic children have not only watched birds, they have drawn birds, listened to them, and studied their habitat and diets.

With our preserve partners, we hosted field trips for a group of blind children who learned to appreciate nature by hearing, touch and smell. We also provided a special morning program for the Hope Kids, a charity for families with children dealing with life-threatening conditions.

Our regular monthly programs at the Gilbert Community Center have attracted and inspired members and guests on a variety of topics of concern and interest.

Our top-notch newsletter highlights the happenings at our chapter, as well as provides in-depth information about conservation and wildlife topics.

This season, from September 2012 through May 2013, we will continue with these programs. We will also offer additional educational materials, and enhance our Audubon at Home Award Program, which recognizes people who have created healthy bird habitats. At this time we are specifically in need of a utility trailer where we can store and transport all of our equipment to events.

We truly appreciate your support to ensure Desert Rivers continues to offer these programs.  All of your gift will be used locally by Desert Rivers and is tax-deductible. Thank you.

Chandler Family Birdwalks Resume November 3rd

Chandler Family Birdwalks resume this Fall!

Bring your Scouts out to our Birdwalks. Contact Joy Dingley for more info: joy.dingley@cox.net.

Every first Saturday of the month, November through April, come out with the kids to walk around the water recharge ponds at the City of Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd in Chandler (NE Corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Rd).  This birdwalk is sponsored by Desert Rivers Audubon, and The City of Chandler.

We provide loaner binoculars, Bird Bingo Cards for kids, and expert leaders to take you around the ponds at both locations. We also have field guide books and other nature items for sale at our display tent. Walks leave every 15 minutes or so and last about 45 minutes.

Free. Visit our mobile bookshop before or after your walk to check out nature guides, kids wildlife books, birding supplies and green living guides.

We’re an all-volunteer nonprofit and have many opportunities for adults, families and students to help us with our education & conservation efforts. Ask our volunteers for more information.

Gilbert Family Birdwalks Kick-Off the Fall Season: “Bird’N’Bikes,” Saturday, October 20

Desert Rivers Audubon Field Trips Director & Liberty Wildlife volunteer Susie Vaught with owl & friends.

Gilbert Family Birdwalks resume in cooling fall temperatures, Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8am-noon, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, 2757 East Guadalupe Road  Gilbert.

Our Kick-off theme is “Birds’N’Bikes.” The Gilbert Riparian Preserve lies at the crossroads of the Western and Eastern Canal Paths which feature both Multi-Use Trails & Paved sections.
Families, bike commuters and urban trail fans can join in Biking to the Birdwalk which highlights the Audubon at Home Arizona program — promoting positive change in our daily activities to make life on Earth more sustainable. The Town of Gilbert is also a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Desert Rivers Audubon volunteer guides highlight native birds and other wildlife living & migrating through the preserve during walks happening throughout the morning. Multiple Birdwalks occur between 8am to noon.
Liberty Wildlife will have rehabilitated raptors on display.
Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile book shop will have nature guides and children’s books as well as bird watching supplies available for purchase.
Binoculars will be available for loan as well as Bird Bingo games at no charge.


These free walks are sponsored by Desert Rivers Audubon, The Riparian Preserve of Gilbert, and Liberty Wildlife.

Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile book shop with children’s activity books and nature guides will be at Gilbert family Birdwalks.

Gilbert Riparian Birdwalk Tomorrow (& Every Third Saturday)

Black-crowned Night Heron

Spotted last week in the Gilbert Riparian Preserve:

Wilson’s Snipe
Northern Pintail
Dowitcher Killdeer
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
White-crowned Sparrows
Cinnamon Teals
Orange-crowned Warbler

Please join us Saturday, February 19, 2011, to see these birds (and more!).


Gilbert Riparian Preserve

2757 East Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, AZ

The Gilbert Family Birdwalks are held every third Saturday of the month, October through March at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe Rds in Gilbert (East of the library on the corner).

There have been over 200 bird species seen at this water recharge facilty, making this site one of the best birding spots in the east valley. These free walks are sponsored by Desert Rivers Audubon, The Riparian Preserve of Gilbert, and Liberty Wildlife.

We provide loaner binoculars, Bird Bingo Cards for kids, and expert leaders to take you around the ponds at both locations.

We also have field guide books and other nature items for sale at our display tent.

Walks leave every 15 minutes or so and last about 45 minutes.