October Parks and Rec events highlight autumn leaves, birds of prey

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Brilliant fall colors at Reservoir Park in Spring Garden Township, Sunday, November 4, 2018. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

York County Parks will offer two opportunities for county residents to enjoy the autumnal flora and fauna in October.

Anyone who would enjoy viewing the changing leaves of more than 30 species of trees can attend the Fall Colors Hike from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Richard M. Nixon County Park in Springfield Township.

A park naturalist will lead the 1-mile hike. There are uphill and downhill sections of the trail with some roots and rocks, so participants should wear appropriate footwear.

Attendees should arrive by 2:30 p.m.

And for bird watchers interested in raptors, the parks department will host three drop-in hawk watches from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three Saturdays, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, at Rocky Ridge County Park in Springettsbury and Hellam townships.

Attendees should park in the Oak Timbers parking lot and walk toward the North Overlook.

A variety of hawk species can be seen passing the lookout in October, park officials said. Volunteers will be present to help identify the birds in flight.

Participants should bring their own binoculars, field guides and lawn chairs and should dress for the weather accordingly. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars available.

There are no fees and no registration required for either event. For more information, visit yorkcountyparks.org.

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