TAVARES – Lake County’s unique natural resources and status as a premier birding destination will be featured on ‘Birding Adventures TV’ with host, international birder James Currie. The show, which details Currie’s travels throughout some of the area’s top birding locations, will air at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 on Discovery's Destination America Channel.
“Birding in Lake County is always such a pleasure,” said Currie. “The highlight of this year’s filming was the visit to Lake Apopka Restoration Area. This has the potential to be one of the best - if not the best - birding locations in Florida. So many rarities are attracted to the area, like the Groove-billed Anis we filmed, and the Vermillion Flycatcher.”
During his excursion, Currie was joined by Lake County Trails Specialist and expert birder Gallus Quigley. The pair will team up again as keynote speakers for the 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, to be held Oct. 2-4 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg. Guided trips to some of the parks and preserves the two visited during filming will be part the festival this fall.
“Lake County has large tracts of preserved ecosystems like the Ocala National Forest, Seminole State Forest and Rock Springs Run State Reserve, as well as a couple a truly amazing birding areas including Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area, to which Lake County has three access points,” said Quigley. “But Lake County also has many hidden gems maintained by Lake County Parks & Trails such as PEAR Park, Ferndale Preserve, Ellis Acres Reserve, and more.”
Quigley has taken on the 2015 Lake County Big Year challenge, angling to see 220 of the 284 birds ever spotted in Lake County. To keep up with his progress, follow his blog at lakecountybigyear.wordpress.com. For more information about the Wings & Wildflowers Festival, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com, www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers or www.twitter.com/wingswildflower.