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Park Rangers welcome nature lovers to April Birds & Butterfly Surveys

RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2014

TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of three opportunities in April to survey birds and butterflies.

Join park rangers for a Bird & Butterfly Survey and hike through Lake County’s beautiful parks and preserves from 7:30 – 11 a.m. on April 12 at Lake May Reserve, County Road 44A in Eustis, April 18 at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455 in Ferndale and April 19 at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg.

“April in Florida is a peak bird migration time with many warblers and other northern breeding species passing through the state,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “It also is nearing our prime spring wildflowers and butterfly season.”

To participate in the surveys, knowledge of common species is a plus, but not required. The surveys will include hiking about two miles on unpaved trails. To maximize the outdoor experience, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.

The Bird & Butterfly Surveys are free and online registration is recommended.

For more information about upcoming events and to register for these events, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov 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.
 

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