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Park rangers to guide Birds & Butterflies Hike at PEAR Park

RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2009

LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is hosting a Birds & Butterflies Hike at PEAR Park, located at 5336 University Ave., Leesburg, on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“We never know what we’ll find,” said Park Ranger Gallus Quigley. “During recent hikes, we’ve spotted a Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, Swainson’s Hawk, Painted Bunting and other cool stuff like a Spade-Foot Toad.”

During the 3-mile hike, participants will look for the birds and butterflies of PEAR Park. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing binoculars, field guides, insect repellent, sunscreen, water and a snack.

Reservations are limited to 15 participants. 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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