TAVARES — Lake County Parks & Trails is rescheduling three October birding and wildlife guided events to later in the month. The Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey, originally set for Oct. 10, will instead be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7:30 - 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale.
Another Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey scheduled for Oct. 17 is now instead set for Thursday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 - 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland. Parks & Trails hosts quarterly Bird & 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 events are free to the public.
The Bird and Wildlife Exploration Hike will not be held on Oct. 16, but instead will be hosted on Friday, Oct. 30 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead, 20700 County Road 455, Ferndale. The new Trailhead and Scenic Overlook, which was developed in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee, includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a 20x20 foot overlook offering exceptional views of Lake Apopka and the Orlando skyline.
“Lake County park rangers will lead this short hike, plus we will spend some time in the tower watching for passing raptors and migrating birds, dragonflies and butterflies,” said Gallus Quigley, Lake County Parks & Trails Specialist.
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.