Birding Event at Aliante Park - Red Rock Audubon
Join us on a visit to Aliante Park and explore the 5 ponds and the surrounding park.
Event Type: Birding Event
Open to Non-members: Yes
Members Price: $0
Non-members Price: $0
Start Time: 05/13/2023 06:30 AM
End Time: 05/13/2023 08:30 AM
Location: Aliante Nature Discovery Park
2627 Nature Park Dr
North Las Vegas NV, 89084
This 20-acre urban park just south of County Road 215 at Aliante Parkway has a surprising variety of habitats that attract many different types of birds. The centerpiece is a series of five human-made ponds, connected by weirs and fed by a large waterfall. Fish and turtles (abandoned pets) have made themselves at home and will often lure in a Great Blue or Black-crowned Night Heron, cormorants, mergansers, or a Belted Kingfisher. The previous winter a Common Loon visited to dine on carp. Who will surprise us next? The ponds are small and surrounded by sidewalks and bridges which allow us close-up views of current visitors Ring-necked Ducks and mergansers.
Just in time for spring migration, blooming Palo Verde trees will entice a variety of warblers and flycatchers, and low bushes provide cover for Lark, Brewer’s, and Chipping Sparrows. A hidden ravine of mesquite and desert scrub is the year-round home of roadrunners, quails, and Phainopeplas. Open grass fields are perfect foraging for Canada Geese, American Pipits, and Brewer’s Blackbirds. A walk around the library finds us tall willow trees full of hummingbirds, Verdins, and goldfinches, all singing their hearts out this spring. This abundance of birds is also a buffet for hawks and kestrels.
Our North Las Vegas-resident trip leader David Zechman will lead us on a 1.5-mile, two hour walk. We will walk sidewalks and grassy fields, nearly completely level. We will meet between the north parking lot and the ponds at 2627 Nature Park Drive just east of North Aliante Parkway; restrooms nearby.
As always, when birding in our arid climate please remember to bring enough water, protection from the sun, and snacks as needed for yourself. Don’t forget your binoculars, camera, spare battery, and any other birding accessories you may have. SHOES: your shoes may get wet due to large sprinklers and there is duck/goose poop along the paths so choose accordingly.
Curious what you might see? Aliante Park is visited by birders regularly. Check out recent sightings on ebird: here