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Bird & Butterfly Survey provides ideal opportunity
to observe native species at Lake May Reserve

RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2013

TAVARES — Lake County Park Rangers welcome outdoors enthusiasts to take advantage of the migration season to survey birds and butterflies from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Lake May Reserve on County Road 44A in Eustis. 

“Lake May Reserve has become known as one of Lake County’s birding hotspots because of its variety of habitats,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “The lake itself offers a great opportunity to see waterbirds, shorebirds and ducks. The checklist is at 87 species and growing.” 

Knowledge of common species is a plus, but not required to participate in the survey. The survey will include hiking about 2 miles on unpaved trails. The event is free and online 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 parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks or follow them at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks. 

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More Information:
Lake County Parks & Trails Division
352-253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks

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