Celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates World Habitat Awareness Month in April 2006
Petrified Forest, AZ – To live, thrive, and reproduce all species of plants and animals – including humans – need a combination of food, water, shelter, and space. These elements make up their habitat, which is key to the survival of any species. Although a variety of species may live in the same area, their specific habitat needs may differ. Habitats are preserved and protected in our national parks, for an amazing diversity of species. Preserving habitat is particularly critical for the continued survival of threatened and endangered plants and animals. Habitat loss is often the main factor that leads to a species becoming endangered.
World Habitat Awareness Month celebrates the Earth’s diverse natural habitats, but also reminds us of their fragile nature. Not only are species endangered, so too are many of the world’s habitats. Grassland, the main environment at Petrified Forest National Park, is considered by many to be one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. With each habitat loss, part of our shared legacy disappears. During April, learn about Petrified Forest’s habitats and discover your part in protecting America’s, and the world’s, irreplaceable natural heritage.
At Petrified Forest National Park, rangers will present a variety of interpretive programs throughout the month about the park’s natural environment and its inhabitants. Check the visitor centers for details. There will be a special display at the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Come celebrate World Habitat Awareness Month as part of Petrified Forest National Park 100th Anniversary.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent at e-mail us.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.