LEESBURG — Lake County park rangers will lead a winter bird hike on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. at PEAR Park, located at 5336 University Ave., Leesburg.
“We will hike about 2 miles looking for the feathery winter residents of PEAR Park,” said Park Ranger Gallus Quigley. “We should see several species of sparrows, raptors and warblers, and if we are really lucky, we’ll spot a Pine Siskin.”
Park rangers encourage participants to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hikers should also bring binoculars, cameras, water and snacks.
The 318-acre reserve is located at the end of University Avenue, south of Leesburg off of U.S. Highway 27. PEAR Park is divided into two distinct areas. The “Gateway” or front 50 acres is being developed into an active recreation area that will offer a variety of amenities, including ball fields, pickle ball and tennis courts, playgrounds, volleyball courts, a canoe and kayak launch, dog park and trails. The remaining 268 acres features restoration areas, community garden, native butterfly garden, nature center and trails.
Reservations are required and are limited to the first 25 individuals. When making a reservation, guests are encouraged to leave names and number of people participating and a contact telephone number. For more information or to make reservations for the winter bird hike, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.