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Lake County park rangers to guide beginning birders hike on April 3

RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2010

FERNDALE — Lake County park rangers will lead a beginners bird hike on Saturday, April 3, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455 in the unincorporated community of Ferndale.

“Need to brush up on your sparrows, tell a Fish Crow from an American Crow, or are you just starting out,” asks Park Ranger Gallus Quigley. “Grab your binoculars and join me for this hike around one of the best birding spots in Lake County. We’ll learn how to identify various birds by sight and sound.”

The 192-acre Ferndale Preserve is located on the western shore of Lake Apopka. Its high elevation and diverse ecosystem provide habitat for numerous birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. Park rangers encourage participants to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hikers should also bring binoculars, field guides, cameras, water and snacks.

Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.

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