“Wings and Wildflowers”, Lake County, Florida’s inaugural birding festival, will be held Sept. 28-30, 2012 at beautiful Hickory Point Park in Tavares.
Florida Scrub Jay
Birds flock to Lake County, which is home to thousands of acres of preserves and passive park lands – including Ferndale Preserve, Emeralda Marsh and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Lake County has enticing outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly for birders, and the Wings and Wildflowers Festival will offer visitors an opportunity to fall in love with Lake County’s birds, wildflowers and natural areas.
Festival-goers will learn about the charismatic Florida Scrub-jay and the unique Florida scrub habitat. Other specialty field trips will be offered to area preserves and pristine public lands. Unique birding programs will be available by kayak, pontoon boats and seaplanes.
Wildflowers at Ferndale Preserve
The featured keynote speaker at the event will be national television celebrity James Currie, host of the popular NBC Sports show, Nikon's Birding Adventures.
The festival will be presented in close partnership with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, the Florida Scrub-jay Consortium, the Ocklawaha Valley Audubon Society, Trout Lake Nature Preserve, St. John’s River Water Management District, the Lake County Water Authority and the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
The host hotel for the Wings and Wildflowers Festival is the historic Lakeside Inn, centrally located in the heart of the lake front community of Mount Dora. Founded in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest, continuously operated hotel in the State of Florida, featuring 87 guest rooms and suites, beautifully landscaped grounds and a 200 foot viewing veranda lined with rocking chairs. The Inn is offering participants special rates starting at just $99 per night. For reservations, visit www.lakeside-inn.com, and use booking code " bird", or call (800) 556-5016.
With Lake County’s reputation as a premier birding location, it is the goal of this festival to enhance awareness and appreciation of Lake County’s quality of life, and support environmental initiatives on behalf of citizens and visitors alike.