TAVARES — Lake County park rangers are conducting a summer bird survey at the Ferndale Preserve, located off County Road 455 in South Lake County, on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 7 a.m.
"What we're trying to do is catalog all the bird species at the Ferndale Preserve on this particular day," said Park Ranger Gallus Quigley Jr. "This is the second count we will have conducted at the preserve. The first was held in March and was extremely successful."
Each season brings a different variety of bird population to the wildlife-rich preserve, which features shoreline along Lake Apopka, meadows, forests and wetlands. As park rangers rehabilitate the property, the bird counts should be an indicator of their progress.
"As we restore the natural areas of the property, we should see an increase in the diversity and number of birds, as well as plants and other animals," Quigley said.
The 192-acre preserve was purchased in 2005 with a partnership between the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Water Authority, St. Johns River Water Management District and a Florida Communities Trust grant. Future plans for the property include hiking and equestrian trails, a scenic overlook, a canoe launch and picnic pavilion.
Experienced bird watchers are encouraged to take part in the summer bird survey at the Ferndale Preserve. To reserve a spot for this activity, call the Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks & Trails Division, at (352) 742-0992.