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Experience spring birds, butterflies and more during Parks & Trails events in April

RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2017

TAVARES— April in Lake County brings peak spring bird migration, when wildflowers are blooming while emerging butterflies take flight.

“Though many species like the bald eagle, sandhill crane and osprey already have young, many more resident and summering animals will begin to raise babies in earnest and early risers will be greeted by a morning chorus of birds, insects and frogs,” said Gallus Quigley, Trails Specialist for Lake County Parks and Trails. “The highlight of this month is the migration of wood warblers, which are small colorful birds that breed in eastern North America and winter from Florida to South America. Their stunning plumages wow birders as they flit through the trees on their way north.”

To experience some of the natural beauty and unique wildlife watching Lake County has to offer in the spring, consider the following free, family-friendly guided hikes, bike rides and educational events during the month of April.  

 

Kids Animal Hike

Saturday, April 1 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Minneola

Kids can learn about animal tracks and the creatures that made them.

 

Bluebird Blitz

Sunday, April 2 from 9-11 a.m. 

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

The Florida Bluebird Society’s annual Spring Bluebird Blitz is a fun way to count and monitor Eastern Bluebirds in Florida.

 

PEAR Park Nature Center Open House

Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

Explore the nature center, which features a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sand and shells.

 

Mini Course on Formation of Landforms: Mountains and More

Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. - noon.

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

A hands-on mini course on the formation of landforms is offered for students ages 10 and up, accompanied by an adult.

 

Land Management 101

Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m.–noon

PEAR Park Gateway, 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg

Learn about land management, how it is being used at PEAR Park and how to use the same techniques at home to improve habitat for wildlife.

 

PEAR Annual Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m.-noon

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

PEAR Park Association’s annual native plant sale benefits the activities and restoration efforts at the park. While browsing, get tips on growing from the experts.

 

After Dark at PEAR Park 

Friday, April 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

Enjoy a guided adventure to see wildlife as the sun sets at PEAR Park.

 

Kids Knots

Saturday, April 15 from 9-11 a.m.

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

Kids can learn how Native Americans made rope, how to tie basic knots, and what they are used for.

 

Earth Day Workday

Saturday, April 22 from 8-11 a.m.

Neighborhood Lakes Reserve, Fenimore Street, Sorrento N28 47 32.00 W -81 31 36.26

Celebrate Earth Day by providing some helping hands and learning plant identification at Neighborhood Lakes Reserve.

 

Land Management 101

Sunday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-noon

Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Minneola 

Learn about land management, how it is being used at Ferndale Preserve, and how you can use the same techniques at your home to improve habitat for wildlife.

 

Blackwater Creek Paddling Adventure

Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-noon

Lake Norris Conservation Area, on the west side of Lake Norris Road, north of County Road 44A

Considered one of the best paddles in Lake County, staff will guide participants on a tour of the renowned Blackwater Creek, part of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River system. Paddlers can expect to see woodstorks, ibis, osprey, robins, warblers and more.

 

Butterfly Academy 

Saturday, April 29 from 9-11 a.m. 

Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley

Beyond nectar: learn about weeds as host plants, butterfly eggs and caterpillars.

 

Ongoing 

 

Science Saturday

Saturday, April 1 from 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, April 15 from 9-11 a.m.

Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley

This adventure of exploration and discovery helps kids brush up on science. Topics discussed include arthropod adaptations, animal habitats, outdoor life, aquatic organisms and more.

 

Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey

Saturday, April 8 from 7:30-11 a.m.

Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Minneola

 

Saturday, April 29 from 7:30-11 a.m.

Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

Volunteers are invited to assist in surveying the park’s birds and butterflies. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides. Experience is a plus, but not required.

 

To make a reservation for any Parks & Trails events, visit http://bit.ly/1rFvqOP. For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.

 

 

 

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More Information:
Lake County Parks & Trails Division
352-253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov

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Elisha Pappacoda
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Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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