TAVARES — Outdoors and animal enthusiasts are welcome to join Lake County Park Rangers during two upcoming events as they explore two of the county’s idyllic nature areas in search of wildlife and their habitats.
• Bird & Butterfly Survey
7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10
Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley
Bird and butterfly enthusiasts are invited to assist in surveying this conservation and restoration area with Park Rangers. Knowledge of common species is a plus, but not required. The survey will cover 2 to 3 miles, depending on time and weather.
• Explore Your Park Hike
8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17
Haynes Creek Preserve, 34606 S. Haines Creek Road, Leesburg
Located primarily on Blount’s Island, this park offers opportunities to see everything from Bald Eagles to river otter.
The events are free, and registration is recommended. To maximize the outdoor experience, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
Parks & Trails offers nature-based events throughout the year that give residents and visitors a chance to explore Lake County’s unique outdoor amenities.
The weekend of Oct. 4-6, Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department is teaming up with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division to host the Second Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival at Hickory Point Park in Tavares. The festival will feature acclaimed speakers, authors, birding and native plant experts, and a host of eco-friendly opportunities for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. For information or to register to attend events at the festival, visit www.WingsAndWildflowers.com.
For more information or to register for events hosted by the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 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.