TAVARES — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is hosting three, free events on Saturday, April 16, for those interested in native plants, wildlife, birds and butterflies.
The PEAR Park Open House and Native Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday at the PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, located at 4800 University Ave., Leesburg. This annual event helps promote the use of native plants in landscaping, with proceeds benefitting the PEAR Park Association, a volunteer group that supports conservation efforts at PEAR Park.
Later that evening, park rangers will lead residents on a nighttime adventure during After Dark at PEAR Park, to be held from 7 - 9 p.m. at the PEAR Park Gateway, located at 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg. Participants may join staff as they try to spot wildlife while the sun sets.
Nature lovers are also invited to the Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey, led by Parks & Trails Coordinator and biologist Gallus Quigley, from 7:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturday at Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42 in Paisley. 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. Parks & Trails is hosting quarterly Bird and Butterfly Surveys at 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 make a reservation for any upcoming Lake County Parks & Trails event, 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, or www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.