TAVARES — Park rangers invite residents and visitors to learn and observe Lake County’s aerial wildlife at two upcoming outdoors events.
• Migration Quest
8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26
The Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale
Join an expert birder as participants search for colorful migrants such as the Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting and Blackburnian Warbler.
• Woodland Warbler Walk
8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27
PEAR Park, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg
Come see splashes of bright blue, orange, yellow and reds as the colorful warblers visit the area for their migration.
Both tours are free. To maximize the outdoor experience, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For more information or to register, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. For the most recent information about Lake County Parks & Trails, follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.
Birding enthusiasts also are invited to the Second Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival, which will take place the weekend of Oct. 4 through 6 in Tavares. Unique birding and wildflower programs at Hickory Point Park will feature acclaimed speakers, authors, birding and native plant experts, and a host of eco-friendly opportunities for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Specialty field trips will be offered off-site at both private and public venues by pontoon boat, kayak and Conestoga wagon. Renowned field experts will lead wildlife and nature walks and tours. The festival’s keynote speakers will be Jeffrey A. Gordon, president of the American Birding Association; and James Currie, the host of NBC Sports’ “Nikon Birding Adventures.” For more information about the festival, visit www.WingsAndWildflowers.com.