TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division invites nature enthusiasts and visitors to explore Lake County's lush and bio-diverse parks and reserves, while helping to assess bird and butterfly populations.
A Bird and Butterfly Survey event is scheduled for 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at The Pasture Reserve, Lake Erie Road, Groveland.
Experienced birders, butterfly watchers and interested volunteers are invited to help park rangers with a survey at this reserve in the Green Swamp.
"Our reserves and nature areas are rich in wildlife and scenery," said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. "The bird and butterfly survey event offers the opportunity to explore corners of our parks that you may have never seen before, and assists park rangers in determining the success of restoration efforts in attracting birds and butterflies."
The ability to identify the most common birds and butterflies will be helpful, but not necessary. Participants should have their own binoculars and field guides. This activity will include hiking about two miles on unpaved trails.
The event is free, and registration is recommended. To maximize the nature experience for outside events, participants are encouraged to bring 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. To view the latest information about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.