Apr 12 2008

Great birds in Henderson

Published by at 6:31 am under Travel

American Avocet, Henderson NV Bird Preserve (photo by Laurie Patterson)This weekend I’m going to see this bird, an American avocet in breeding plumage, at the closest thing to birding heaven just outside Las Vegas.

Henderson Bird Preserve in Henderson, Nevada is a water treatment plant that’s beautifully laid out with natural vegetation, lots of water and good nesting habitat.  The City of Henderson intentionally made it a bird preserve 10 years ago.  It’s the third largest body of water in southern Nevada and the birds love it.  

Lots of birders visit it too.  That’s where I met Laurie Patterson who took this photo.  As we sat next to one of the ponds this avocet walked by us.  Yes, at the bird preserve they can come this close.

Almost all my Nevada life birds were found at Henderson.  The preserve is open 6:00am to 3:00pm so it’s best to come early.  After Henderson, I visit Red Rock Canyon or Corn Creek but the bird preserve is my first love.

There’s some mighty good birding in southern Nevada. 

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2 Responses to “Great birds in Henderson”

  1. Monikaon 22 Mar 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Kate,

    Just wanted to say thanks for spreading the word about birding near Las Vegas. I’m going to be in the area in a few weeks and I’m very much looking forward to checking out the Henderson Bird Preserve. If you have any other birding tips for the area, I’m all ears. ;)

  2. Kate St. Johnon 22 Mar 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Last April (2011) I visited the area again and saw many great birds:
    http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2011/04/14/best-bird/

    The best tips on where to go birding in the Las Vegas area are on this website:
    http://www.birdandhike.com/Bird/_Bird_index.htm

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