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Birds have always lived in the place that is now Petrified Forest National Park. Dinosaurs that were the direct ancestors of modern-day birds lived in this area more than 200 million years ago. Their fossilized remains are found throughout the park. In prehistoric times, people carved bird likenesses in the rocks and cliffs throughout the area. Today, the park protects 257 species of birds. For many, the park's grasslands represent critical breeding, migratory stopover, and wintering habitats. To find out how we study birds, what we are learning, and where you can find birds in the park, check out our new beautifully illustrated story map.
Last updated: August 23, 2018