TAVARES — Park rangers invite bird lovers into one of Lake County’s reserves for the opportunity to assist in surveying natural and restoration areas. A Bird & Butterfly Survey will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at The Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland.
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.
“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 event is free. To maximize the outdoor experience, participants are encouraged to bring field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
Registration is encouraged.
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