TAVARES – From a diverse array of swallows to wading birds in breeding plumage, participants joining Lake County’s Parks and Trails Division for any of three springtime Bird & Butterfly surveys are sure to see a large variety of species.
The first survey, led by Trails Specialist Gallus Quigley, will be held from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at The Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland.
“During late March, we should see arriving early migrants like Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotory Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Great Crested Flycatcher as well as Swallow-tailed Kite and Northern Parula,” said Quigley.
The following two surveys will be held from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Lake May Reserve, County Road 44A, Eustis and from 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at Ferndale Preserve 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale.
“Many spring migrants begin approaching peak migration during the month of April,” said Quigley. “Species like Northern Waterthrush, Summer Tanager, and Common Nighthawk should begin to arrive, with many resident species already nesting or raising young including Sandhill Crane and Eastern Bluebird.”
Lake County Parks & Trails is hosting quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys in five different parks and preserves in 2015, and volunteers are needed to assist in surveying the bird and butterfly populations to help with management of the properties. To participate, 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.
The April 4 and 14 events are replacing the April 10 and 11 Bird & Butterfly surveys listed in the printed Parks & Trails Annual Events Guide.
To make a reservation for any of these free Parks & Trails events, 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 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.