TAVARES – October is an ideal time to take advantage of four opportunities to participate in Lake County’s Bird and Butterfly Surveys.
“Not only is the weather finally starting to cool down, but October is peak fall migration through Florida,” said Gallus Quigley, a biologist and Lake County park ranger. “Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes will be here in large numbers and as it gets later into the month, wintering birds such as sparrows, wrens, and late migrating warblers and early wintering duck species will arrive.”
Join park rangers for the free hikes, conducted from 7:30 – 11 a.m., on the following dates:
- Friday, Oct. 10
19220 County Road 455, Ferndale
- Saturday, Oct. 11
4800 University Ave., Leesburg
- Saturday, Oct. 18
Lake May Reserve
36300 County Road 44A, Eustis
- Saturday, October 25
The Pasture Reserve
5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland
To participate in the surveys, knowledge of common species is a plus, but not required.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes.
For more information 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.