When looking for a day of bird-watching with family or a morning of dove hunting with friends, Powers Butte Wildlife Area is the place to go.
Powers Butte Wildlife Area lies at less than 1000 feet in elevation within the central Gila River valley south of Phoenix. The 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, local agriculture, intermittent tributary flows, and groundwater all feed the Gila River through the wildlife area, creating dense stands of salt cedar, and marsh and wetland habitats. Powers Butte, a steep knoll formed by volcanic boulders, provides an overlook to the surrounding valley and river.
The Powers Butte Wildlife Area is located along the east side of the Gila River, about 20 miles north of Gila Bend, in Maricopa County.
Common vegetation in the area includes tamarisk, willow, cottonwood, cattail, creosote, bursage, saguaro, and quail-brush.
Common birds in the area include the loggerhead shrike, greater roadrunner, Gambel’s quail, white-winged dove, mourning dove, western meadowlark, red-winged blackbird, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, American widgeon, mallard, green-winged teal, great blue heron, great egret, sharp-shinned hawk, black vulture, turkey vulture, chipping sparrow, and many other species.
Common mammals in the area include cottontail rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, and mule deer.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Common reptiles in the area include Sonoran collared lizards and western diamondback rattlesnakes.
Powers Butte Wildlife Area encompasses 1,120 acres and is an Arizona Game and Fish Commission-owned property.
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