TAVARES — Birding enthusiasts are invited to foray into an ecologically diverse park for a chance to see the state’s only endemic bird species, the Florida Scrub-Jay, as well as beautiful butterflies. The Scrub-Jay Hike will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Pine Forest State Park, 32520 State Road 44, Deland.
The event is 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.
Bird lovers 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 32520vation about the festival, visit www.WingsAndWildflowers.com.