FERNDALE — The Lake County Department of Public Resources, Parks & Trails Division, is hosting two events this week: a bird survey on Friday, March 12, at Ferndale Preserve; and a nature hike on Saturday, March 13, at Pine Forest Park.
Park rangers on Friday will conduct a bird survey from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455 in South Lake County. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Apopka while taking a census of the local feathered friends. Park rangers ask for help from experienced bird watchers to know how well these winged wonders survived the winter and how many are returning home for the summer.
On Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., park rangers will guide a trek through one of the most diverse ecosystems in Florida at Pine Forest Park, located at 32520 State Road 44, DeLand. The park provides opportunities to view Gopher Tortoises, River Otters and Sandhill Cranes. If the group is lucky, the group may also spot a Florida Scrub-jay.
For both events, participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snacks, binoculars and field guides.
The nature hike is limited to the first 25 individuals to place reservations. For more information or to make reservations for either event, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.