A Bird’s and Dog’s Eye View
Is Petrified Wood an organic material or is it a mineral?
(an amazing transformation – wood to stone)
Bentley: Hey, Leo, did you know that we’re adding more mineral specimens at Birds on the Brink Sanctuary for visitors to view and learn about? Let’s see, so far we have Rose Star Quartz, Atlantisite, and Octahedron Fluorite, and soon will be adding Petrified Wood, Amethyst, and Jadeite Boulder. How about today we tell our viewers why we chose to display Petrified Wood and talk about its significance for the birds.
Leo: Great idea, Bentley! Being a bird myself, I can tell you the importance of Petrified Wood to the bird kingdom. To begin with, Petrified Wood is an organic material that can be described as a mineral. But it’s also wood, which is an organic material that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through a process of permineralization. It’s on display at the Sanctuary because it reminds us of the relationship between organic materials and other living things. It shows how organic material can transition or mutate into other things, such as oil created from organic material (animal and vegetable).
How one thing can transform or benefit something else in creation is a really important concept on the earth. And as you know, at Birds on the Brink we love to explore all aspects of creation to see how everything is part of everything else in our universe.
Bentley: Also, let’s not forget to mention that one of the things we’re doing at Birds on the Brink is providing an environment with as many representations of the diversity of creation that our animals, especially the birds, interact with. One of the things we’re learning is that they interact with minerals, so that’s why we display them throughout the Sanctuary.
Leo: Now, parrots like me are cavity dwellers and we have a very symbiotic relationship with trees. We live inside of trees, some alive and some that have died. We bring up our babies in them, as they provide a place to nest and feel protected. And when a tree dies and moves into a petrified form, all the organic materials get replaced with minerals, yet still maintain their original structure. It’s through a chemical transfer of the mineral information that parrots can communicate with. We might also experience the benefits of the mineral vibration, absorb it through our skin or breathe it in, or nibble on it or drink mineral-laden water. In the tree’s petrified state, there’s an unspoken mineral interaction and communication going on which humans haven’t quite picked up on yet, but parrots do. Bees and butterflies form this type of relationship with nature as well.
Bentley: Well said, Leo. As we said before, part of the mission of the Sanctuary is to show how birds, bees, butterflies and other living things communicate and interact in a harmonious way to benefit all. Our hope is that human beings can learn something from our animals, and realize that they too have the ability to experience a very symbiotic relationship with all living things that reside in their universe!