7 to 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, Groveland
Experienced bird-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct bird surveys at this restoration habitat. Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. This activity will include hiking approximately two miles on trails. Reservations are encouraged.
8 to 10 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Gateway, Leesburg
With the winter seasonal changes, hikers will see many new species of birds and other wildlife that are visiting this beautiful park. Reservations are encouraged.
8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Jem Park, Tavares
This informational hike through the amazingly diverse park located along the Apopka-Beauclair Canal will highlight the plant, animal and bird life at the park. Reservations are encouraged.
Christmas Bird Counts
Zellwood-Mount Dora Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 20
Emeralda-Sunnyhill Christmas Bird Count
Monday, December 23
Clermont Christmas Bird Count
Friday, January 3
Information about Guided Hikes & Surveys
Park rangers recomends participants of the nature hikes and bird &
butterfly surveys to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hikers should also bring binoculars,
field guides, cameras, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.
Reservations are required for all guided hikes and bird & butterfly surveys. Most hikes are limited
to the first 20 individuals to place reservations. To make reservations for the guided hikes and bird &
butterfly surveys, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail
HIKING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 - These hikes offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Hikes are usually on a paved trail or boardwalk. Distance is typically 1 mile or less.
2 - An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate hikes may be on a trail of uneven terrain. Distance is typically 2 miles or less.
3 - These hikes are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Hikes are more difficult due to hills and distances of greater than 2 miles.
Information about PADDLING ADVENTURES
The Lake County Water Authority coordinates all paddling adventures. For more information on these guided tours, contact the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
Reservations are required for all paddling adventures. Most paddling adventures are limited to the first 15 vessels to place reservations. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
PADDLING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 — These paddling adventures offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Paddling may be on local creeks or shorelines. Time is usually two hours or less and distance is typically 1 mile or less, depending on currents.
2 — An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate paddles may be on a blueway with obstructions or currents. Time is usually three hours or less and distance is typically 2-4 miles.
3 — These paddling adventures are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Paddling is more difficult due to length of blueway and paddling conditions. Time is more than three hours and distance is typically more than 4 miles.