TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy two Bird and Butterfly Surveys in August.
Park rangers are hosting the first event from 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42 in Paisley. The second survey will be conducted from 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road in Groveland.
“August is a great time for butterflies as we approach peak flight season,” said park ranger and birding expert Gallus Quigley, who leads the surveys. “Monarchs are already moving through in small numbers. Zebra Longwing, our state butterfly, can be seen at many locations in Lake County. The Eastern Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Prairie Warbler and Black and White Warbler are on the move while Swallow-tailed Kites are winding down as they head for South America.”
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 Parks & Trails Division’s quarterly census of birds and butterflies assists in monitoring the effects of restoration and land management on the long-term biodiversity of Lake County’s various parks and preserves.
The Bird & Butterfly Surveys are free and online registration is recommended.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for the surveys, 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 Lake County’s Parks & Trails programs, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.