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Experience bird migration, wildflowers in bloom and more during Parks & Trails events in May

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2017

TAVARES— Before Florida’s rainy season arrives, May brings the last of spring’s migrant birds to Lake County as they move north toward their breeding grounds. At the same time, wildflowers bloom and both butterflies and dragonflies increase in number and diversity, making May an ideal month to get outdoors and explore Lake County’s parks, trails and recreational activities.

To experience the natural beauty and unique wildlife Lake County has to offer, residents and visitors are invited to attend the following free, family-friendly guided events.  

 

Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey

Saturday, May 6 from 7:30-11 a.m.

Pasture Reserve, 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland

Volunteers are invited to assist in surveying the park’s birds and butterflies. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides. Experience is a plus, but not required.

 

Land Management 101

Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.–noon

Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley

Learn about land management, how it is being used at Ellis Acres Reserve and how to use the same techniques at home to improve habitat for wildlife.

 

Common Sense Animal Awareness Hike

Saturday, May 13 from 8–11 a.m. 

Pine Meadows Conservation Area, Pine Meadows Golf Course Road, Eustis

Don’t be scared, be animal aware. Join a park ranger for an educational talk and short hike for tips on how to be safe while enjoying nature.

 

North American Migration Count

Saturday, May 13, from 7:30-11 a.m. 

Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead, 20700 County Road 455, Minneola

Held the second Saturday in May each year, this count provides a snapshot of bird migration across North America.

 

Snake Safety

Saturday, May 13 from 9–11 a.m. 

PEAR Park Gateway, 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg

Snakes are a beneficial part in the balance of any ecosystem. Join park staff in identifying which snakes are venomous and what to do if you encounter them. 

 

Science Saturday

Saturday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m. 

Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley

Join staff on an adventure of exploration and discovery while brushing up on science. Topics may include arthropod adaptations, animal habitats, outdoor life, aquatic organisms and more.

 

Bird Nests

Sunday, May 14 from 9-11 a.m.

PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg

Kids are invited to visit PEAR Park and learn about nesting birds.

 

Beginners Paddling Class

Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-noon

Hickory Point Park, 27341 State Road 19, Tavares

Led by the Lake County Water Authority, this annual class teaches the basics of paddling and introduces novices to different types of canoes and kayaks during a trip on Little Lake Harris. To make a reservation, call 352-324-6141 ext. 0.

 

Land Management 101

Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m.–noon

Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis

Learn about land management, how it is being used at Lake May Reserve, and how you can use the same techniques at your home to improve habitat for wildlife.

 

Gardening with Wildflowers

Saturday, May 27 from 9-11 a.m.

Ellis Acres Reserve, 25302 County Road 42, Paisley

From lawns to meadows, discover the process and joy of adding life to your landscape.

 

Quarterly Bird & Butterfly Survey

Saturday, May 27 from 7:30-11 a.m.

Lake May Reserve, 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis

Volunteers are invited to assist in surveying the park’s birds and butterflies. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides. Experience is a plus, but not required.

 

For more information about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov or visit www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.

Share your input on the future of parks and trails via a brief online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeCountyCommSurvey

 

 

 

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More Information:
Lake County Parks & Trails Division
352-253-4950
parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov
http://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks

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Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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