Adaptive hiking: Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
November 19, 10:30 am
Did you know that Henderson has a Bird Viewing Preserve in which there are accessible and flat trails among tree-lined ponds? During the first week of November, ninety-four species of birds were identified!
Join us for an adaptive hike at the Bird Viewing Preserve. There are approximately four miles of trails:
The trails are on top of berms which separate nine ponds. Most berms have trees along the edges which rim the ponds. Scenes of the local mountains through the branches and across the ponds make great photos.
There are two overlooks, one which has steps to climb and one for us which is level its entire length. At the end of the flat boardwalk, a deck extends out over the water for a closer bird viewing experience. There are several bird blinds scattered throughout the trails for observing birds while you are hidden behind a wall.
The mostly flat trails provide a great adaptive hiking experience by themselves; but if you are also interested in birds, you may wish to bring binoculars and/or bird identification books. Bring a sack lunch. There are picnic tables on the back porch of the Visitor Center.
How to get there: The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is located southeast of Sam Boyd Stadium. From US 95, go east on Galleria Drive past the Cowabunga Bay Water Park. Cross Boulder Highway. At 0.7 miles past Boulder Highway, turn north (left) onto North Moser Drive. There will be a monument-type sign for Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve on the ground at the turn and also a blue sign on a light pole at the Moser Drive turn.
Moser Drive wanders around for 0.4 miles through several turns. And each turn, there are signs directing you to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Park at the Visitor Center which is the entrance to the trails. We will meet outside the entrance to Visitor Center. There is no entrance fee.
The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve closes at 2:00 pm every day. This means that our cars have to be gone from the parking lot by 2:00 because they lock the parking gate. Otherwise you have to come back tomorrow to get your car!