Petrified Forest National Park Birds

During the various parts of their life cycle (breeding, nesting, wintering, feeding, and migrating), birds need different areas and habitats with a variety of resources for food and shelter. Habitation degradation and loss due to changes in land-use and development have affected bird populations, with some species dropping to dangerously low levels, courting extinction. Like many national park areas, Petrified Forest National Park provides a unique place of protection and preservation. Here, birds can find food and shelter that may not be available in other regions on their journeys from habitat to habitat. Patches of healthy, undeveloped habitats are found in the modern fragmented landscape, connected by corridors such as Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified Forest has a variety of habitats.

Raptors, songbirds, and ground birds can be found in the grassland. The riparian corridor of Puerco River provides food and shelter for year-round residents as well as migrants such as warblers, vireos, avocets, killdeer, and others. The exotic and native trees and shrubs around the Visitor Center and Rainbow Forest Museum provide home for migrants and residents such as western tanagers, hermit warblers, and house finches. The park also offers sightings of vagrant shore birds and rare Eastern birds not seen often in Arizona. Rarities, such as black-throated blue warbler, have been found by Maricopa Audubon Society members. September and early October seem to be the best time to visit the area to see these fascinating vagrants. Like the canary in the mine, birds gauge the health and safety of our environment. By watching birds, noting species, and the migration of species, we can understand the changes in our environment. Preservation and protection of healthy corridors such as Petrified Forest National Park provide food and shelter for a diversity of birds and other species.

$121.05 55% off
Classics are born from the blending of tradition and performance. Costa's Corbina Mossy Oak Camo Polarized Sunglasses...
Price subject to change | Available through Backcountry.com
Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.