LEESBURG — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is hosting The Florida Bluebird Society's annual Spring Bluebird Blitz from 8 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Park rangers are inviting the public to help count the number of eastern bluebirds living at PEAR Park during the blitz, a statewide concentrated effort to locate as many of the birds as possible on a particular date.
The spring blitz will help determine where bluebirds are breeding and nesting in Florida.
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.
The Florida Bluebird Society's mission is the conservation and protection of bluebirds and other federally protected cavity nesting bird species in North America.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for the bluebird blitz, 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.