TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting nature enthusiasts to attend some upcoming outdoor educational events at two of Lake County’s premiere wildlife viewing areas.
- Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey
Friday, Jan. 11, from 7 to 11 a.m.
PEAR Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, located at 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg.
The hike will consist of traversing roughly 2-miles through the park 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.
- Sparrows Identification
Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 to 10 a.m.
Ferndale Preserve, located at 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale
Park Rangers will lead participants on a hike to learn how to identify the often elusive, but very intriguing sparrows. Some sparrow species that might make an appearance during the hike include Grasshopper, Field, Vesper and Savannah. The 192-acre Ferndale 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.
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 binoculars, field guides, 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 email@example.com or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. To view updates about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.