LEESBURG —The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will conduct a migratory bird hike on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Naturalists of all abilities are encouraged to join Lake County Park Rangers as they go in search of birds who are in the middle of migration during this 2-mile hike.
“Fall migration is a great time to come to the park to see a variety of brightly-colored birds, like the Black-throated Blue Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole,” said Gallus Quigley, Park Ranger and Biologist with the Parks & Trails Division. “This is also a great opportunity to see migrant butterflies and dragonflies, and the fall wildflowers in bloom.”
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.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides, as well as 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.