The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is an outdoor area in Henderson with walking paths and ponds inhabited by local and migratory birds and a tortoise, among other creatures.
350 E Galleria Dr
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Bird Viewing Preserve is located within the Water Reclamation Facility. There is a small parking lot at the preserve and you can enter through the visitors center. The last entry to the preserve is 30 minutes before closing time.
6am – 2pm March, April, May
6am – noon June, July, August
6am – 2pm September, October, November
7am – 2pm December, January February
You will check in with the volunteer inside the visitors center, then you are free to explore the preserve. Tino the tortoise was recently located to the bird viewing preserve and his enclosure is just outside the visitor center. He hibernates from about October to April.
WHAT TO TAKE
I took my side-by-side double stroller when we went, and if you plan on doing some walking around the preserve, I would recommend a stroller. The trail around the nearest pond is ¾ mile and is paved. Other trails are dirt. Pets are not allowed. Wear a hat and sunscreen and take enough water for everyone. I you have binoculars that will help with bird viewing, and if you don’t there are some you can borrow from the visitors center.
I know nothing about birds, so we weren’t there for any species identification, just a little nature walk and to try to visit the tortoise that had recently come out of hibernation. Our first visit was in April. The weather had already begun to warm up. We arrived around 1:15 and the volunteer came out to tell us we might not have time to visit (you have to be there by 1:30, they close at 2:00) but I assured him we just wanted a peek at the tortoise and wouldn’t be staying long as it was much too hot. We didn’t get to see the tortoise, but the volunteer let us scatter flower petals, the tortoise’s favorite snack. We saw a few birds and went on our way.
WHAT WE LIKED
The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The preserve seems well maintained. It was interesting to search for different types of birds, even though we didn’t know much about them.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
The only reason to stay away would be the heat, so plan accordingly.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
Yes. We take whatever chance we can to visit nature spaces in the desert, so we go at least a few times a year. The preserve hosts occasional educational and kid activities. We will go back to participate in something like that for sure.