People who enjoy bird watching know that good opportunities sometimes occur in unexpected places, and a battlefield in Texas commemorating an oft-forgotten war might fit that description. Palo Alto Battlefield has plenty to offer naturalists and history buffs, and now the park can claim "a first in the National Park System" for birders.
Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
Commemorative activities at the Palma de Reseca Battlefield recently drew attention to a little known national park with an important distinction. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park near Brownsville, Texas is the only NPS unit that preserves a Mexican War battle site (and it does a fine job of it, too).