LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead an exploration nature hike on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Haynes Creek Preserve, located at 34606 S. Haines Creek Road, Leesburg.
Park rangers will guide participants through the preserve to help identify birds, plants and other natural features. Haynes Creek Preserve is primarily an island that lies between a canal and Haynes Creek. It consists of wet deciduous forest with a small amount of upland. One can expect to hear Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers while hiking the trails. Other wildlife to look for during the hike includes more than 20 species of butterflies and dragonflies, Race Runners, River Otters and American Alligators. Purple Gallinules and other waders can be found where the trails end overlooking Haynes Creek.
Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.