PAISLEY – Lake County Parks & Trails is hosting a summertime Bird and Butterfly Survey, led by Trails Specialist and biologist Gallus Quigley, on Saturday, June 20 from 7:30 - 11 a.m. at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42 in Paisley.
“During mid to late June, we hope to document Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, and many other species nesting on the property,” said Quigley.
Parks & Trails is hosting quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys in five different parks and preserves throughout the year, 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 next two Quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys will take place in July. The first is on Friday, July 17 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. at PEAR Park’s Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave. in Leesburg and the next is on Saturday, July 18 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale.
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.