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Exotic Bird Show at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park on May 10 Continues Monthly through October; Lecture on May 31

(Phoenix, Arizona - April 25, 2014) - AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will hold an Exotic Bird Show at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park on May 10, 2014. The show will continue each month at Tonto Natural Bridge through October on June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18. On May 31, 2014, join us at the park for a lecture about the prehistoric people of the Payson area.

Curt Scarberry and the folks from AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will bring some of the exotic birds from their rescue out to the park from 1 to 3 p.m. The public will be able to see and to learn about these amazing birds. The show may include birds such as macaws, cockatoos, conures and parrots but the birds will vary with each show. There will also be speakers from the rescue at each show to inform about the wonders of these animals.

On Saturday May 31 from 10 to 11 a.m., representatives from the Northern Gila County Historical Society will talk about the early (prehistoric) people of the Payson area. They will have displays on site about what may have comprised their daily lives. This will include what kind of tools they used, the crops they would have grown, and more. Free handouts will be available as well as books about the area that can be purchased.

The cost for the show or the lecture is the regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for those aged 14 and older, $2 per person for those aged 7-13, and no charge for anyone younger than 6. For more information about either event, please call the park at (928) 476-4202, email Gavin at gerickson(at)azstateparks.gov or visit AZStateParks.com/parks/TONA. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue visit azexoticbirdrescue.org or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/wedontquit. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located 10 miles north of Payson, Arizona on Highway 87.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.

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