TAVARES — Lake County parks rangers are encouraging nature explorers to join them as they host upcoming events that invite adventurers to explore the beauty of Lake County’s parks, and learn about the many species of birds that can be found in this central Florida locale.
“Many people who join us on our ranger-led hikes are thrilled to see a variety of rare and sometimes elusive birds that they might not otherwise see,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division.
- Beginning Birder Class - Part 2
9 to 11 a.m. & 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
PEAR Park’s Nature Center, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg
The class is the second in a series of beginning birder classes and field trips, and provides valuable tips on birding identification by sight, sound and feather molt. Choose from either a morning or evening class time.
- Bird is the Word
8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22
Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley
Participants will be invited to get out their binoculars and come enjoy a hike with an expert birder who will identify birds like Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-headed Woodpecker at the reserve.
- Beginning Birders Class Field Trip
8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Lake May Reserve, County Road 44A, Eustis
The field trip portion of the "Beginning Birder Classes" is where participants will put their classroom learning to use on a guided field trip. During the hike, keep an eye out for the Ash-throated Flycatcher, an uncommon visitor to Florida from the western U.S.
All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended. To maximize the experience, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes for outdoor events.
For information, or to make reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. For the latest information about the Parks & Trails Division, follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.