Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve gets its share of international visitors

The preserve began as a publicly-recognized haven for birds when the Red Rock Audubon Society partnered with expert birders in 1967 for their annual Christmas bird count. At the event, birders explored designated areas to track a habitat’s effects on different species. It became part of Henderson Parks and Recreation in 1998.

Since then, the preserve has identified 295 unique bird species, said public information officer Kim Becker. Every newly sighted bird is reported to the Audubon Society.

“There’s a lot more wildlife in this valley than people realize,” Hulsey said. “Many think nothing lives in the desert.”

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