Birds, horses highlight Gilbert's weekend of Jan. 18-19

Snowy Egret, Riparian Preserve
A Snowy Egret is among the birds that sometimes visits the Riparian Preserve. (Courtesy Cindy Marple)

A Snowy Egret is among the birds that sometimes visits the Riparian Preserve. (Courtesy Cindy Marple)

Gilbert residents can take in 70-degree weather on the weekend of Jan. 18-19 by watching birds and (show) horses in town.

Jan. 18

Take your family to see Riparian Preserve’s birds


Gilbert Family Birdwalks are held every third Saturday of the month from October through March and are sponsored by Desert Rivers Audobon, The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch and Liberty Wildlife. Participants can use loaner binoculars as expert leaders take groups around the ponds. More than 200 bird species have been seen at the preserve. Walks leave about every 15 minutes and last about

45 minutes. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. www.desertriversaudubon.org


Jan. 19

See show horses perform


Copper State Show Horses puts on its first Hunter/Jump student event of the year. Spectators are advised to bring a fold-up chair. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. John Volken Academy Ranch, 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. 480-206-3604. www.copperstatehorseshows.com
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.