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Parks & Trails, Trout Lake, Water Authority & Audubon Society host special Valentine’s Day outdoor adventure
Lake County Park Ranger to speak at Naturalist Program the night before

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2009

EUSTISLake County Parks & Trails, Trout Lake Nature Center, Lake County Water Authority and Ocklawaha Valley Audubon Society will present “Birds & Bicycles” on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Emeralda Marsh in northwest Lake County.

Participants can walk or peddle bicycles along the old farm’s levee, which is now an interpretive drive that is surrounded by a wetlands marsh ecosystem teeming with wildlife, such as water birds, alligators and raccoons. Along the 4-mile loop, avid birders, biologists and naturalists will be available to point out and share information about wildlife and the ecosystem.

A $4 donation is suggested for the “Birds & Bicycles” program. For more information, call (352) 357-7536.

Directions to the Wood Duck parking lot at Emeralda Marsh are travel east of Haines Creek Canal on State Road 44 and turn north onto Emeralda Avenue. Emeralda Avenue will “T” into Emerald Island Road; take the left side of the “T.” The road will quickly make a 45-degree turn to the right. Shortly after that turn, turn left into Wood Duck Parking lot.

On Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., Gallus Quigley, Park Ranger with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for birds at Trout Lake Nature Center’s Friday Night Naturalist Program.

“My program will have pictures of beautiful birds, tips on how to identify them and interesting facts about their lives,” he said. “I’ll focus on birds we might see the next day at Birds & Bicycles.”

Directions to Trout Lake Nature Center are travel north of the City of Eustis on State Road 19. Turn right onto County Road 44; the nature center’s entrance is one-third of a mile on the right-hand side. There is a suggested donation of $4. For more information about the Friday Night Naturalist Program, call (352) 357-7537.


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