LEESBURG —The Lake County Parks & Trails Division will host The Florida Bluebird Society's annual fall Bluebird Blitz from 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park’s 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 fall blitz, led by trails specialist and expert birder Gallus Quigley, will help determine where bluebirds are breeding and nesting in Florida.
“The Bluebird Blitz is a snapshot of the wintering population of eastern bluebirds across Florida,” said Quigley. “It should give us some idea of nesting success, habitat uses, and other information that is key in preventing another decline in this species.”
At 318 acres, PEAR Park is the largest county park. The back 268 acres, known as the Wildlife Conservation Area, 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.
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.
To RSVP for this free Parks & Trails event, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks/event_reservations.aspx.