TAVARES – Lake County’s Parks and Trail’s Division is kicking off the new year with two opportunities in January to survey birds and butterflies.
Led by Trails Specialist Gallus Quigley, the first Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey of 2015 will be held from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9 at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale.
The second survey of the month will take place from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave, Leesburg.
“In January, we can expect to see wintering species, particularly sparrows like Grasshopper and Vesper,” said Quigley. “Other species we may spot include the Blue-headed Vireo and the Ash-throated Flycatcher.”
To participate in these free events, 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.
This year, Lake County Parks & Trails will host quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys in five different parks and preserves. Volunteers are needed to assist in surveying the bird and butterfly populations to help with management of the properties.
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.