TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy two opportunities in June to survey birds and butterflies.
Join park rangers for a Bird & Butterfly Survey and hike through two of Lake County’s beautiful parks and preserves on Saturday, June 7 at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley, and Saturday, June 14 at the Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland, both from 7:30 – 11 a.m.
“June in Lake County is the height of breeding season with many of the young fledging,” said Gallus Quigley, park ranger with Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division. “At Ellis Acres we can expect to find Blue Grosbeaks, Summer Tanagers, and maybe even a few nesting Indigo Buntings which are rare breeders in Lake County. Warmer days mean blooming wildflowers, which brings more butterflies. We should see Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillary, and our state butterfly the Zebra Longwing.”
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 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.