TAVARES — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division will host two Beginning Birder Classes on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The first is from 9-11 a.m., and the second is from 6-8 p.m. Both are located in the nature center at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park), located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Experienced and novice bird-watchers are encouraged to attend the class, as Park Rangers will give tips on places to go in the county to see beautiful birds like the Turquoise-bowed Motmot or the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.
“Lake County’s shorelines and nature preserves are a great place to view more than 250 different species of birds,” said Gallus Quigley, Biologist/Park Ranger with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division. “The County’s many parks and preserves also serve as prime viewing spots for an abundance of birds beginning their migration during this time of the year.”
After attendees complete the classroom workshop, they are encouraged to put what they’ve learned to use on an expedition field trip with expert birder Andrew Boyle. The Beginning Birder Class Field Trip will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale.
During the excursion, Boyle will demonstrate how to set up nets and band birds. This field trip will offer nature-lovers a chance to see birds up close and personal.
All events are free, and participants are encouraged to make reservations to attend, as space is limited. To get the most out of the field trip experience, participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
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.