Arizona: Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Phoenix (September 19, 2015)

I wanted to stay local this past weekend so I went to the Rio Salado Audubon Center located about two miles south of downtown Phoenix. I didn’t realize until my cousin told me that the Rio Salado is the Salt River 🙂 I was also told that the area this Audubon center is located in was a wasteland at one time and has come a long way through the restoration process; probably through the work of volunteers, donations, fund raisers, and educational programs.

There was volunteer work going on while I was walking around so I decided to head towards the river where there weren’t any workers. The Rio Salado is a bit of an oasis in the desert and I saw several birds that I’m used to seeing near water in the northeast. A few included a juvenile green heron, belted kingfisher, and a yellow warbler.

There was about 25 people in the volunteer group helping to build trails and dig holes to put plants in the ground. This volunteer program happens every third Thursday of the month. The director of the center thought I was there to work and we chatted for a bit and exchanged contact information. I’ve been going to a Young Professionals Group at work and there is a community involvement component with the group; the director said there are lots of opportunity to volunteer at the Audubon Center so I think I might bring this up at the next meeting.

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Water near the Nina S. Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
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