On Saturday, October 8, 2022 the public is invited to join the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Audubon Society for a celebration of Urban Wildlife Conservation Day. The free community event is a chance for volunteerism, family fun, and local food. Mayor Kate Gallego will also be signing an Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) to support bird conservation.
Location: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S Central Avenue. Phoenix AZ, 85004
Schedule of events:
- 7 a.m. – Salt River clean-up activity starts (no registration needed)
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Community activities
- 2nd Annual ‘Walk for the Wild’
- Audubon Native Plant Sale
- Nature Tent with fun presentations
- Story Walk for kids
- Community partner booths
- Food trucks – Pupusas Transitenas and Kona Ice
- Performances by Native American flute musician Ed Kabotie
- 9 a.m. – Mayor Gallego, USFWS, and Audubon Southwest sign Urban Bird Treaty
UBT partnerships work on bird habitat conservation, bird hazard reduction, and community engagement in bird-related conservation, education, science, and recreation, especially for diverse and underserved communities. The partnerships provide these communities with opportunities to connect with nature through bird related activities.
Phoenix is known for its sprawling structure, diverse neighborhoods, and unique landscape. Over 300 bird species are known to breed in Arizona and many of them face a tenuous future due to water uncertainties and climate shifts.