TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting bird and butterfly watchers to participate in two Bird and Butterfly Surveys in February.
The first is from 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley and the second is from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Lake May Reserve, County Road 44A, Eustis.
Bird and butterfly watching volunteers of all experience levels are welcome, but should be able to identify common species by sight or sound, and have their own binoculars and field guides. The surveys will require hiking up to three miles on trails through these managed conservation properties.
Also on Feb. 8, The Parks & Trails Division and PEAR Association Volunteers are hosting an open house from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Nature Center, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg. The Nature Center features a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells and other natural specimen that can be viewed under a microscope. PEAR volunteer and former science teacher Gene Bouley will also be on site to help answer questions during this hands-on learning experience that is ideal for the whole family.
At 318 acres, PEAR Park is the largest county park. The back 268 acres feature a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, two scenic pavilions and access to four miles of hiking and nature trails. The front 50 acres contain a playground, ballfields and a dog park. There are over four miles of hiking trails through meadows, scrub jay habitats and woods along the Palatlakaha River.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for these events, 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, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.