Gilbert Family Bird Walks, hosted every third Saturday of the month, October through March, by Desert Rivers Audubon are back at Gilbert Riparian Preserve.
The first walks of the season will take place 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at the preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. Walks leave about every 15 minutes and last about 45 minutes. There is no charge.
Desert Rivers Audubon volunteers serve as guides on the treks, pointing out and sharing information on birds and other wildlife living in and migrating through the wetland habitat. The area, where more than 200 bird species have been spotted, lies at the crossroads of the Western and Eastern Canal Paths and features multi-use trails, a fishing lake with piers, wildlife observation stations, an observatory and a playground.
The Oct. 20 event will feature live raptors on display from local rescue and rehabilitation group Liberty Wildlife, as well as Desert Rivers Audubon’s mobile book shop, with nature guides, children’s books and bird-watching supplies available for purchase.
Binoculars will be available for loan, and Bird Bingo games will be handed out at no charge.
The walks are sponsored by Desert Rivers Audubon, The Riparian Preserve and Liberty Wildlife.