TAVARES — Park rangers invite residents and visitors to experience Lake County’s beautiful reserves at two weekend events.
• Bird & Butterfly Survey
7 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 3
Lay May Reserve, County Road 44A, Eustis
Experienced bird-watching volunteers will help conduct bird surveys at this restoration habitat. Birders should be able to identify most common species by sight or sound. This activity will include hiking about two miles on trails.
• Explore Your Reserve Hike
8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4
Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley
Explore this tranquil ecosystem with a park ranger to identify the many plant and wildlife inhabitants.
Both events 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