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Orange County Green PLACE program celebrates new bird blind at Johns Lake Conservation Area

While the newest amenity at Johns Lake Conservation Area near Winter Garden might look like a simple wooden box, the 20-foot-long structure is actually the latest effort by Orange County and its Green PLACE program to protect the feathered friends who call the area home.

In celebration of Earth Month, the County’s Environmental Protection Division joined Mayor Jerry Demings and Commissioner Nicole Wilson on April 25, 2024, to unveil the county’s first bird blind for bird watching.

Nestled adjacent to the canal that flows from Black Lake and Lake Tilden into Johns Lake, the 10-foot-high wooden bird blind allows visitors to capture photos and observe bird behavior without disturbing them.

“Birds cluster in wetlands for at least part of their life cycle, but they’re under enormous pressure by encroachment by humans and animals,” said Deborah Green, president, Orange Audubon Society. “The bird blind enables people to view and admire birds, but without getting too close and putting more pressure on them.”