Birder Information


The presence of emergent wetlands, riparian ecosystems, mesquite forests, and upper Sonoran Desert vegetation at Tres Rios make this area a paradise for migrating and year-round residents.  Birders and wildlife photographers interested in obtaining a free access permit should contact Heather Finden at 602-495-7477 or heather.finden@phoenix.gov.

Permits are issued via email or postal mail during normal business hours Monday – Friday.  Please allow five (5) days to process your request and receive your permit. 

We are in the process of updating our bird list and appreciate your patience with this process.  In the meantime, please utilize the links below:

Bird in treebird in flightHerons at top of tree

Breeding Status List:  Tres Rios Bi​rd List

eBird.org Observation Chedcklist: Printable Checklist.​

Map and Driving Directions

Other recommended Birding Spots around the Valley:

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area (Phoenix) 


Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch (Gilbert)


Veteran's Oasis Park (Chandler)


Hassayampa River Preserve (Wickenburg)