TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting residents to assist Park Rangers in surveying two of the county’s parks for bird and butterfly populations at two upcoming events.
The events will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., with the first event being held on Friday, Nov. 2 at Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale. The second event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at PEAR Park, located at 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg.
During the events, participants will be led on a hike of roughly 2-miles through the parks in search of migratory birds and butterflies that are currently found within the area. Experienced bird- and butterfly-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct surveys of the population, and should be able to identify common bird and butterfly species, by sight or sound, throughout the parks.
“These surveys are critical to understanding how restoration efforts are helping with the bird and butterfly populations at our parks,” said Gallus Quigley, Biologist/Park Ranger with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division. “During this time of the year, it gives us a chance to not only view the native species that live here, but also the migratory birds and butterflies that are visiting for the winter.”
Both events are free, and pre-registration is recommended due to space limitations. To maximize the nature experience, would-be participants are encouraged to bring their own field guides, binoculars, water, snacks, 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.