Photo Friday: Gilbert Riparian Preserve Part I

Over the past year, I’ve discovered a hidden gem among a primarily developed area known as the Gilbert Riparian Preserve.  The preserve is 110 acres big, contains 8 ponds and claims to have over 200 species of birds residing in the preserve.  The best part is, it is free and open to the public.

This week’s post is a brief introduction to the preserve with photos from my initial visit last spring.  Next week, I’ll post photos from my most recent visit.

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1 of 8 ponds located in the preserve. 

Towards the north end of the preserve is an observatory and a small lake for urban fishing.

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Small lake at north entrance.

The plant life is mostly native desert plants, including cotton, cacti and succulents.  

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There are numerous walking trails making the Gilbert Riparian Preserve a great option for peaceful walks. But watch out, there are a few ground dwellers running around the preserve, including this rattlesnake who was making his own path through the preserve. 

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There are maps available, as well as plenty of signs displaying the latitude and longitude- in case you get lost.

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There are many areas within the preserve that mimic a wetland.  Some of the larger birds, like egrets and herons, congregate in these areas.

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3 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Gilbert Riparian Preserve Part I

    • Thanks for the comment. It is a very quaint spot of nature hidden in the city. I am still not in the habit of posting regularly. To be honest, I’m not sure if this is even something I’m still interested in keeping up, yet I don’t want to pull the plug either. I’ll at least post once a week for now to keep this active.

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