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Upcoming event to teach the basics on becoming an expert bird watcher

RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2011

FERNDALE — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will lead an educational hike for beginner bird watchers on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale.

During the hike, Park Rangers will help participants learn how to use binoculars to identify common and migratory birds by sight, as well as sound.

“If you ever wanted to learn the basics of how to become a bird watcher, this is the event to attend,” said Gallus Quigley, Park Ranger and Biologist with the Parks & Trails Division. “The weather should be ideal, and with fall migration in full swing, it’s a great time to see a variety of beautiful birds at the park.”

The 192-acre preserve is on the western shore of Lake Apopka and has a combined equestrian and hiking trail that offers stunning vistas of Lake Apopka and the surrounding areas.  The activity may include hiking over uneven or difficult terrain for a distance of over 2 miles.

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 parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.

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Lake County Parks & Trails Division
(352) 253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks

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