LEESBURG – Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division is offering the outdoor Beginning Birder class with Trails Specialist Gallus Quigley from 8 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park – Gateway, located at 26701 U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg.
This all-inclusive, free class will discuss binoculars, field guides and other topics for novice birders, to be followed by a short hike.
“The Beginning Birder class will teach participants how to choose quality birding binoculars and how to use them, as well as proper note taking and birding etiquette,” said Quigley.
Quigley is Lake County’s resident birding expert and this year, he is taking on the 2015 Lake County “Big Year,” a challenge to see in one year at least 220 of the 284 birds ever spotted in the county.
Both Quigley and international birder and TV host James Currie are slated as keynote speakers for the 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, to be held Oct. 2-4, 2015 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg.
To keep up with Quigley’s Big Year progress, follow the 2015 Lake County Big Year blog at lakecountybigyear.wordpress.com, like the Wings & Wildflowers Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers and follow the festival on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wingswildflower.
For more information about the Beginning Birder class or to make a reservation, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. For updates on the county’s Parks & Trails program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.