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Lake County Parks & Trails to host upcoming nature-based events for birders, outdoor enthusiasts

RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2013

TAVARES — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division are inviting residents to join them for several nature-based events being hosted this week at area parks.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m., a Florida Fall Wildflower Walk will be held at PEAR Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg. The event will invite participants to experience the park’s natural areas and hike among blooming wildflowers to learn about the native wildflower population.

The Pasture Reserve, located on Lake Erie Road in Groveland, will be the spot for a Bird and Butterfly Survey on Friday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 11 a.m. The survey will ask birders to help get a census of species found at the Reserve, and will include hiking about two miles on unpaved trails. Knowledge of common birds is a plus, but not required to participate in the survey.

On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 to 11 a.m., a Beginning Birder Class will be held at Lake May Reserve. During the excursion, participants will learn about birds, birding equipment and etiquette.

All events are free, and participants are encouraged to make reservations to attend, as space is limited. To get the most out of the field trip experience, participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, a camera, 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 about 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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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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