Bird Watchers Can Delight In Species' Return

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The white-throated swifts have returned to help announce Tonto Natural Bridge State Park's third annual Birds of the Bridge day.

On Saturday April 30, 2005 Beginning at 7 a.m., guided bird-watching walks will take participants down into the Pine Creek Canyon area to find some of the areas most beautiful migratory birds. Rick Heffernon and John Peel are local residents and founders of the Arrowhead Canyon Wildlife Society, and will be guiding the early morning walks throughout the park. No registration is required.

Liberty Wildlife of Scottsdale will have birds of prey on display at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The educational program continues throughout the morning.

All programs are free with your park entrance fee of $ 3 per adult (14 years and over). Bring your binoculars and enjoy the springtime flowers and birds of the Bridge.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located 11 miles north of Payson off Highway 87.

For more information about this celebration contact Tonto Natural Bridge State Park at (928) 476-4202. For information about Arizona State Parks call the headquarters at (602) 542-4174 or see the website at www.azstateparks.com.

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