TAVARES — Lake County Parks Rangers will host three upcoming events that invite both experts and novices to experience the variety of birds and butterflies found in area parks through census-taking and by exploring the outdoors during a birder class field trip.
“Our wintering species like sparrows have arrived,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “By helping to survey the parks, we can get a better understanding of the bird’s migration patterns, population trends, and see different species that are just passing through.”
Experienced bird- and butterfly-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct bird and butterfly surveys at two locations. Participants must be able to identify most common birds and butterflies by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. The dates, times and locations of upcoming surveys are as follows:
- Lake May Reserve
County Road 44A, Eustis
Friday, Nov. 1, 7 to 11 a.m.
- Ellis Acres Reserve
25302 County Road 42, Paisley
Friday, Nov. 8, 7 to 11 a.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m., Park Rangers will lead an Outdoor Beginning Birder Class at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley. This class will introduce birding to those that are interested. Topics will cover equipment, etiquette, and much more in a hands on outdoor setting.
To maximize the nature experience for all outdoor events, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.