TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is seeking a few experienced bird-watching volunteers to help conduct two bird surveys this week: Friday, April 23, at PEAR Park and Saturday, April 24, at the Ferndale Preserve.
The PEAR Park bird survey is scheduled from 7 to 10 a.m. and the park is located at 5336 University Ave., Leesburg. Park rangers are requesting volunteers to help identify local breeders, including Yellow-Throated Warbler and Summer Tanager, and northbound migrants, such as Swainson’s Thrush and Black-Throated Blue Warbler.
The Ferndale Preserve bird survey is scheduled for 7 to 10 a.m. and the preserve is located off County Road 455 in South Lake County. According to park rangers, the preserve should be alive with gloriously colored northbound migrants, such as Summer Tanager, American Redstart and Indigo Bunting, and the songs of local resident species should be evident, including Northern Parula, Northern Cardinal and Carolina Wren.
It is recommended that volunteering birders be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Participants are expected to hike about 2 to 3 miles over hilly and sometimes uneven terrain. Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and hiking shoes.
Reservations are encouraged. Experienced bird watchers who wish to volunteer for either bird survey can call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or-email email@example.com.