TAVARES — July is the ideal time for nature enthusiasts to see fledgling birds as well as the first southbound migrants at Lake County parks. The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is offering two opportunities this week to do just that during the county’s Quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys. 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 second is on Saturday, July 18 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale.
“Mid-July usually produces the first Black & White Warblers and American Redstarts, in addition to early migrants like Louisiana Waterthrush,” said Trails Specialist and biologist Gallus Quigley, who will lead the surveys. “July is also a great month to observe Swallow-tailed Kites, which sometimes will number into the hundreds, especially around Lake Apopka.”
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.
To make a reservation for any of these free Parks & Trails events, visit 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.