Go Birding!

Gwen Grace

Desert Rivers Audubon invites you to go Birding! The fall migration of birds has started, and the birds are returning. In addition to the monthly speaker program on the second Tuesday of each month, which is both in-person and on Zoom, there are new inspiring Bird Walks, new initiatives, and get-togethers for those who find joy in birds. Check out the calendar of events and/or register for Zoom meetings at the website, www.desertriversaudubon.org.

Desert Rivers Audubon, your local Audubon, has a new initiative to reduce bird deaths from window strikes. It’s not just commercial buildings that account for one billion bird deaths a year—it’s your windows, too! Watch for programs on how you can assist in preventing bird deaths. Help birds by closing blinds, reduce window glare, and turn off lights at night during spring and fall peak migration periods. The birds will thank you.

Oct. 11 is the next monthly speaker program, which will be in person at the Gilbert Library at 6:30 p.m. or on Zoom at 7 p.m. The speaker is Evan Waite, and his topic will be “From Bugs to Birds.” The ASU Ph.D. candidate turned from insects to looking up at birds, and his new hobby will inspire. Register for Zoom on the website. The Gilbert Library is located on the southeast corner of Guadalupe and Greenfield.

Bird Walks start in October. Look for the Desert Rivers tent in the parks.

Oct. 15, third Saturday of month: Gilbert Family Bird Walk at the Gilbert Riparian Reserve, southeast corner of Guadalupe and Greenfield, from 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 5, first Saturday of month: Chandler Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay, from 8 a.m. to noon

These family Bird Walks are free, and binoculars are available, as well as guides who will help you identify the species. Bird books are available for sale. Come talk birds! Enjoy a day out in the park.