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Parks & Trails offers 4-part ‘Beginning Birders’ course with expert birder Peg Lindsay

RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2015

LEESBURG – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is proud to present expert local birder and volunteer Peg Lindsay, who will be teaching a free, four-part “Beginning Birders” course at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Nature Center, 4800 University Ave, Leesburg.

“Birding is contagious and you catch it from your friends,” said Lindsay. “Find out why so many people around the country and around the world have so much fun birding, and how birders make this a competitive sport.”

 The first three classes will discuss birding basics such as birding gear and etiquette, bird calls, song and note-taking, as well as migration patterns, and more. The final class will include a field trip at PEAR Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, where participants can test their newly learned birding skills.

Part 1 (Indoor)
 
Part 2 (Indoor)
 
Part 3 (Indoor)
 
Part 4 (Field Trip)
 
Wednesday, Feb. 18
 
Wednesday, Feb. 25
 
Wednesday, March 4
 
Saturday, March 7
 
9 - 11:30 a.m.
 
9 - 11:30 a.m.
 
9 - 11:30 a.m.
 
9 - 11:30 a.m.
 
Gear and etiquette
Calls, songs and note taking
 
Migration patterns, weather and taxonomy
 
A casual hike around PEAR Park
 

Lindsay met her husband, Bob Putman, on a birding outing at Emeralda Marsh. Together, the couple have more than 60 years birding experience. As a team, they’ve been birding in Florida since 2004. 

Serious birders keep a “life list” of all the bird species they have ever seen. In Lake County, Parks & Trails Specialist Gallus Quigley holds the record for number of bird species spotted, followed by Putman and Lindsay, respectively. 

To make a reservation for the Birding Basics course, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks/event_reservations.aspx.

For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. For updates on the county’s Parks & Trails Program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.

 

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More Information:
Lake County Parks & Trails Division
352-253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks/event_reservations.asp

Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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