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Park Rangers encourage residents to learn about Lake County’s wildlife at upcoming events

RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2013

TAVARES — Lake County parks rangers are encouraging nature adventurers to join them as they host upcoming events that explore the beauty of Lake County’s parks, and learn about the many species of birds that can be found in this central Florida locale. 

“Many people who join us on our ranger-led hikes are thrilled to see a variety of wildlife that they might not otherwise see,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division.

  • Wildlife Hike
    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8 to 10 a.m.
    Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley
    From Bald Eagles to Zebra Longwing Butterflies, and everything in between, this guided hike will showcase all of the wonderful wildlife found at this rural reserve. 
  • Bird & Butterfly Survey
    Friday, Oct. 25, 7 to 11 a.m.
    Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale
    The hike will cover roughly 3-miles of trails inside the preserve searching for birds and butterflies. Experienced bird and butterfly watchers desired but experience not required to participate. Participants should have their own binoculars, notebook, and field guide.
  • Outdoor Beginning Birder Class
    Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 to 11 a.m. 
    PEAR Park – Gateway, 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg
    This class will introduce those interested in learning more about birds and birding. Topics will cover equipment, etiquette, and much more in a hands on outdoor setting. 

All events are free, and pre-registration is recommended due to space limitations. To maximize the nature experience, would-be participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.

For more information about upcoming events, or to make reservations to attend, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. To view updates about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, follow them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.


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