LEESBURG — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a monthly bird and butterfly survey on Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Experienced and novice bird-watchers, are encouraged to help Lake County park rangers survey the park for wintering birds Sedge Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Hermit Thrush while enjoying the beauty of Lake County’s largest park.
Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. The activity will include hiking about 2 miles on trails.
PEAR Park is the largest County park at 318 acres, and is divided into two distinct areas. The “Gateway,” or front 50 acres, is being developed into an active recreation area. The remaining 268 acres is a preserve dedicated to the area’s historic ecosystem including areas for the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay and declining Northern Bobwhite “Quail” and Eastern Meadowlark. The 268 acres also holds a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, nature center, two scenic pavilions and access to hiking and nature trails.
All survey-takers 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.