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Come encounter migratory birds during a Lake County Park Ranger led hike

RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2011

FERNDALE — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead a migratory birders hike on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale.

“The shores of Lake Apopka have long been an amazing place for birding,” said Gallus Quigley, Park Ranger and Biologist with the Parks & Trails Division. “We’ll go searching out the stunning and colorful warblers, tanagers and orioles, plus other species as they pass through on their way to the rain forests of Central and South America, or are arriving to spend the winter here in Lake County.”

Park Rangers will help participants spot resident and migratory birds, all while enjoying the picturesque scenery offered by the 192-acre preserve.

The preserve is on the western shore of Lake Apopka and has a combined equestrian and hiking trail that offers stunning vistas of the lake and surrounding areas.  The activity may include hiking over uneven or difficult terrain for a distance of over 2 miles.

For the best viewing experience, it is recommended that participants bring their own binoculars and field guides, and are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.

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