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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:01 am | Updated: 8:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

At the confluence of the Gila, Agua Fria and Salt rivers sits Tres Rios Wetlands, a refuge for birds, butterflies and the people who watch for them.

“It’s got some really nice riparian vegetation,” says birding expert Pierre Deviche. “In the spring the songbirds come back. It’s one of the really best times (to visit the park).”

Deviche, along with faculty members and students from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, will lead themed hikes through Tres Rios April 7. The hikes are open to the public.

“We really want to make it a fun sort of family activity,” says Deviche. “The goal is to get (children) exposed to science and asking questions.”

Visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the wetlands from faculty members who are experts in geology, biology and water ecology. For those interested in reptiles, Andy Holycross, who co-authored “A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona,” will talk about snakes and safety.

Although there’s plenty of shade in the park, Deviche says visitors should bring binoculars, sunscreen and water.

Getting there

Take Interstate 10 west to 91st Avenue and turn left (south).

Tres Rios Wetlands hike

What: Hike led by faculty and students from ASU’s School of Life Sciences When: 9 a.m. to noon April 7 Where: Tres Rios Wetlands, 91st Avenue and Broadway Road, Phoenix Cost: Free Information: (480) 727-8934 or index.html

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