EUSTIS – Bird watchers and nature enthusiasts are invited to accompany Lake County park rangers during the North American Migration Count from 7:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis.
Join park ranger and expert birder Gallus Quigley in counting migrating birds as they refuel from their long journeys in this wooded Eustis park. Participants with all levels of bird identification skills are welcome, but encouraged to bring their own binoculars and field guides.
Lake May Reserve totals 136-acres, with the native landscape consisting of xeric oak hammock and a mix of upland scrub, pine and hardwood forested areas. The property also features Lake May, a 20-acre lake, as well as wetlands and a managed citrus grove.
According to park ranger Rachel Dellinger, Ph.D., participants may spot the Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cape May Warbler and Yellow Warbler. “Depending on the water level in Lake May, it also is possible there could be various migratory shorebirds such as Spotted Sandpiper and Black-necked Stilt,” she added.
The North American Migration Count began nationally in 1992 to offer bird watchers an opportunity to spend a spring day birding and sharing their findings. The results are then compiled to help paint a picture of the status of bird migration on a particular date.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for this free event, 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.