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Lake County invites bird watchers to help with survey

RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2009

FERNDALE — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is seeking a few experienced bird-watching volunteers to help conduct a bird survey at the Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455 in South Lake County, on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 10 a.m.

The preserve is located about 4.5 miles south of the intersection of county roads 561 and 455 or, 1 mile north of the intersection of county roads 561 and 455.

Experienced birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Each season brings a different variety of bird population to the wildlife-rich preserve, which features shoreline along Lake Apopka, meadows, forests and wetlands. As Lake County park rangers rehabilitate the property, the bird counts should be an indicator of their progress.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing binoculars, field guides, insect repellent, sunscreen, water and a snack.

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

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