Orange Audubon travels west to Ferndale Preserve for our February field trip. From the parking lot, birders will hike along a 1.3 mile loop and a few shorter segments (warning: the trail has some steep portions).
The preserve is a former orange grove, which is being restored to Longleaf Pine, Wiregrass, Xeric Scrub and meadow ecosystems.
It offers nature lovers lots to enjoy with more than 140 birds, 40 butterflies, and numerous other animals including: the Pine Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Bobcat, River Otter, American Alligator, Box Turtle and Fence Lizard. It is also home to many native plants including an endangered tree species.
Birds of interest include sparrows, raptors, and winter visitors common to the Lake Apopka area. Restrooms are on site.
Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after birding. The preserve is a short drive from Orlando along the west shore of Lake Apopka, north of Montverde (19220 County Road 455 Ferndale, FL).
For more information, please call John Cento at (407)[masked], and he will be happy to answer your questions.