LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead an educational hike for beginner bird watchers on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
During the hike, Park Rangers and PEAR volunteers will help participants learn how to use binoculars to identify common and migratory birds by sight, as well as sound.
“Fall migration is a great time to learn how to bird watch because of the great variety of brightly-colored birds that can be found at the park,” said Gallus Quigley, Park Ranger and Biologist with the Parks & Trails Division.
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 asked to bring binoculars and field guides for the hike, and 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.