TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to attend events for the week of Sept. 16-22. The week’s scheduled events are as follows:
• Two Beginning Birder classes are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park) Nature Center, located at 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg.
During these classes, participants will learn about the importance of banding and how it helps contribute to the accumulation of knowledge and information about birds.
• On Thursday, Sept. 20, a wildlife hike through Ellis Acres Reserve, located at 25302 County Road 42 in Paisley, will be held from 8 to 11 a.m.
On this hike, participants will explore portions of the over 400-acre reserve, in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that call it home. The reserve’s known inhabitants include bobcats, black bears, deer and wild turkeys.
• The Monthly Bird and Butterfly Survey will be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale.
Volunteers are asked to assist Parks Rangers in the monthly census of the preserve’s birds and butterflies, as restoration and land management continues at the site. Experience is a plus but not required, and survey-takers must bring binoculars and field guides.
All events are free and would-be participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.
For more information about upcoming events, or to make reservations to attend an event, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.