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 Kevin Williams at 602-495-7998 or tres.rios.wetlands.wsd@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 r​eceive 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:

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Breeding Status List: Tres Rios Bird List

eBird.org Observation Checklist: Printable Checklist.

Other recommended Birding Spots around the Valley:

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area (Phoenix) 

Veteran's Oasis Park (Chandler)

Hassayampa River Preserve (Wickenburg)