TAVARES — Park rangers invite birding and wildflower enthusiasts into Lake County’s reserves for the opportunity to see various species in their natural habitat.
• Spring Wildflowers
9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15
PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area
Springs bring lots of colorful wildflowers, and this hike will take participants to see what’s in bloom.
• Bird & Butterfly Survey
7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18
Ellis Acres Reserve, County Road 42, Paisley
Park Rangers are seeking bird and butterfly enthusiasts to assist in surveying natural and restoration areas in the reserve. Experience in identifying common birds and butterflies is a plus, but not required. Everyone is required to bring binoculars. The survey results will contribute to the 2011-2016 Breeding Bird Atlas Project.
Both events are free. To maximize the outdoor experience, participants are encouraged to bring 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.