TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting experienced bird- and butterfly-watching volunteers to help survey migratory birds and butterflies at two upcoming events.
Park Rangers will lead volunteers as they conduct surveys from 7:30-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale, and from 7:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at PEAR Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg.
“By helping to survey the parks, we can get a better understanding of the bird’s population trends, and see different species that are just passing through,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “Ferndale Preserve is situated off the shore of Lake Apopka, and is one of Lake County’s premiere spots for birding, and PEAR Park’s restoration efforts are drawing more species of birds and butterflies each year.”
Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. The activity will include hiking about two miles on trails.
Both 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 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.