• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

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Date: April 28, 2009
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Contact: Rita Garcia, 928-524-6228 or x273

Petrified Forest—On Saturday, May 9th, 2009 Petrified Forest National Park would like to invite the public to join in discovering and enjoying our migratory birds. International Migratory Bird Day was created to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird—its journey between its summer and winter homes. Today, International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Central America through bird festivals and bird walks, education programs, and Bird Day!

There will be free bird checklists, coloring pages, fun activities and more to help people of all ages understand and appreciate the importance of migratory birds. And for the serious birders there will be a contest to see who spots the rarest, the most and the most unusual birds at the park. There are 475 bird species found in the state of Arizona. How many can you spot on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at Petrified Forest National Park?

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. Our website has more news and press releases: www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.