LEESBURG – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will host The Florida Bluebird Society's annual Spring Bluebird Blitz from 8 - 10 a.m. on Friday, April 3 at The Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.
Park rangers are inviting the public to help count the number of eastern bluebirds living at PEAR Park during the blitz, a statewide concentrated effort to locate as many of the once declining species of bird as possible.
The spring blitz, led by Trails Specialists and expert birder Gallus Quigley, will help determine where bluebirds are breeding and nesting in Florida.
“PEAR Park volunteers built and maintained bluebird boxes at the park and last year alone, Eastern Bluebirds raised 100 baby bluebirds due to these efforts,” said Quigley.
At 318 acres, PEAR Park is the largest county park. The back 268 acres feature a community garden, native butterfly garden, xeric garden, two scenic pavilions and access to four miles of hiking and nature trails. The front 50 acres contain a playground, ballfields and a dog park. There are more than four miles of hiking trails through meadows, scrub jay habitats and woods along the Palatlakaha River.
The Florida Bluebird Society's mission is the conservation and protection of bluebirds and other federally protected cavity nesting bird species in North America.
To make a reservation for this free Parks & Trails event, 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.