August 11, 2010
Contact: Bill Parker
, 928-524-6228 x262
Petrified Forest, AZ—In August, the Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center presents Wildlife at Petrified Forest National Park and Formation of the Zooarchaelogy Reference Collection with Kenneth Bader, Physical Science Technician.
This lecture will cover identification of many of the common diurnal inhabitants of PEFO, as well as many of the nocturnal animals that visitors rarely see: bats, amphibians, snakes, and arthropods. Resource managers have recently started collecting skeletons for use in a zooarchaelogy reference collection. After cleaning, the skeletons can be compared to bones found in archaeological sites. Identification of these bones provides clues about the diet of the ancestral Puebloans.
The presentation will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, and will be held at the Painted Desert Visitor Center Community Building in Petrified Forest National Park. Painted Desert Visitor Center is located at Exit 311 on Interstate Highway 40. This presentation is open to the public and admission is free.
The Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center was established to bring park visitors and researchers together to foster understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of the park and the Colorado Plateau. Lectures are held each month on a variety of topics including geology, paleontology, archeology, and biology.
For more information call (928) 524-6228, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent