LEESBURG – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is presenting expert local birder Peg Lindsay’s three-part “Beginning Birder Class” throughout the month of February, culminating with an outdoor birding field trip.
All classes are free and will be held indoors at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Nature Center, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg. Part I is from 9 – 11 a.m. on Feb. 3; Part II is from 8 –11 a.m. on Feb. 10; Part III is from 9 – 11 a.m. or 6 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 17. The beginning birder field trip, where students can test their newly learned skills with a hike around PEAR Park, is from 8 – 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22.
Advanced registration is recommended.
Lindsay has over 20 years of experience and has seen a total of 727 species of birds: 373 in Florida and 257 in Lake County. She teaches Lake County Park & Trails beginning birder classes throughout the year. She is also a PEAR Association member and volunteer.
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 weekend 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.