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Restore the Pond

It's of-fish-ial: we need your help!

We ofFISHially announce: some pond housekeeping is in order!

The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center rests in the heart of Phoenix's Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. Our center serves as a gateway to the lush Sonoran riparian habitat, home to more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife. 

Integral to the center is our pond, a system that supports birds and wildlife within the restoration area, enhances our programming, and gives back to statewide conservation efforts.

The pond gives a lot to Audubon, our community, and our local wildlife. Now we are asking you to give back to the pond.

Our pond brings all the birds to the yard. They come for the water, and stay for the delicious – and federally endangered – Desert Pupfish and Gila Topminnow. Our fish are amazing… birds think they are tasty… but they all need us to get their pond back in shape.

Your help would be FINtastic.

Like any fish tank, water in our pond needs to be changed so the fish (and plants, and birds) stay alive and healthy. Our pond needs a good flushing to get itself back to the ideal balance that supports all the life within it… before it’s too late and our fish go belly-up.

It will take $7,500 to restore the pond, and we need your support!

Consider helping all the life you see when you visit the Rio Salado Audubon Center with a gift of $50, $100, or any amount. Can you help us reach our goal within a month?

On behalf of the birds, the Desert Pupfish and Gila Topminnow, and the other Rio Salado wildlife— thank you!

What your donation supports:

Photo: Morgan Moore
A bucket of Gila Topminnow about to go into the pond. Photo: Morgan Moore/Audubon
A Snowy Egret flies over the pond. Photo: Dan Hite
A scout project at the center's pond.
Our pond's resident beaver.
River Keepers participants using our pond for a lesson in water quality.
A Green Heron in the pond's cattails. Photo: Morgan Moore
A Boy Scout Troop creating breeding beaches for Desert Pupfish. Photo: Becky Gilbreath

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Money Raised for the Pond: $443

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A girl looks out with binoculars over the pond.

Photo: Morgan Moore

How you can help, right now