TAVARES – Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division is offering three opportunities in late September for nature lovers, bird watchers and hikers to get out and explore the county’s parks during free, guided tours.
Join Gallus Quigley, a biologist, trails specialist and park ranger, in counting migrating birds as they refuel from their long journeys during the North American Migration Count from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis. All levels of bird identification skills are welcome but participants should bring their own binoculars and field guides.
Enjoy a leisurely trail ride around Lake Akron while scouting for white-tailed deer, black bears, and wild turkeys during a guided bike ride along the grassy trails from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Rod 42, Paisley. All experience levels and ages are welcome but participants must bring their own bicycles and water.
The Beginning Birder Class, offered by Quigley, provides an outdoor, hands-on bird identification course for novices or those who want to brush up on their birding skills. The class takes place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Ferndale Preserve, 19240 County Road 455, Ferndale.
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.