TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to make plans to attend some nature-themed events for the week of Oct. 21-27. The week’s scheduled activities are as follows:
- An event entitled, “Wetland Wander” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 8-11 a.m. at the Pasture Reserve, located on Lake Erie Road in Groveland. The Pasture Reserve is located in the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern, the literal “heart” of the Floridan aquifer, and is a mosaic of uplands and wetlands. Participants will get a chance to explore this unique property with a ranger-led hike to see cypress strands, marsh and mixed-forested wetlands. The property is also home to deer, turkeys, alligators, gopher tortoises and more.
- "Nocturnal Migration Watch” is a rare nighttime event at one of the County’s premiere parks to view, and listen for, migratory birds at night. The activity is being held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at PEAR Park, located at 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg. During this event, participants will listen for night-calls from some of the birds visiting during this time of year. Park Rangers will be on hand to also point out wildlife that stirs in the park at sunset.
- On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7-11 a.m., Park Rangers will lead volunteers on a “Monthly Bird & Butterfly Survey” at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale. During the event, participants are encouraged to help Lake County park rangers identify common bird and butterfly species, by sight or sound, throughout the park.
All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended due to space limitations. To maximize the nature experience, would-be participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, field guides, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For more information about upcoming events, or to make reservations to attend, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.