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July 26, 2008 Trailday Newsletter
Greetings from the Trail!

Summertime offers both the good and the bad. At least for now, the drought has subsided and the rains have helped to keep the scrub-jay restoration project alive. Other good news has come our way ...

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Trailblazer Chris Parker Wins
the Disney "Ears to You" Award

Congratulations to Chris Parker for winning the Walt Disney Company's "Ears to You" program for exemplary volunteer service.
Chris has received this honor for 3 consecutive years as a result of the volunteer hours she has contributed. Cast members who win this award designate their favorite non-profit to receive the financial award. For the 2nd year, Chris has chosen the Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium and presented a check for $1,000. Thank you Chris, for all the support you give and for this generous gift!

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The Florida Scrub-Jay License Plates
Have Arrived

Front license plates featuring the Florida Scrub-Jay are now available. The plates are currently on sale at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail for $12.25 each. The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium contributes a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of these license plates towards The Florida Scrub-Jay Education Fund.

scrubjay license plateTo view the two designs being offered go to the "news page" or click on the image on the left.

Organizations interested in ordering in bulk can contact info@scrubjaytrail.org

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Trailblazers Beat the Heat!

We had a great turnout for the last Trailday. Many wildflowers, scrub plants and irrigation spitters were installed. New Trailblazer Jim Edmiston has provided a lot of irrigation and mowing support, and we thank him for that. Our regular Bush-hogger, Neal Rossdeutcher, had to miss because of an operation on his elbow. When he comes back, he'll be amazed at how quickly dog fennel and ragweed can grow with a little rain.

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This Little Piggy Went to the Scrub-Jay Trail

Just when we thought we were finished with the wild hogs, 4 paid us a visit and did an enormous amount of damage to the newly planted and irrigated sections recently completed. It seems like they enjoy rooting around in newly disturbed, soft and moist earth. It's easier on their snouts. It'll take some time to repair the damage.

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Dog Fennel, Ragweed and other Invasives arrive!
dog fennel

Dog Fennel

Due to the recent rains, the invasives have returned in abundance. In the open fields, they're manageable, but in the tightly planted areas, it becomes very problematic. The success is directly tied to the number of people working on their removal, and hopefully we'll have a good turnout for this month's Trailday.

This month, due to the hog problem, we will
re-focus our attention to Phase I by weeding, repairing irrigation and planting new materials.
Please bring your gloves, shovels, clippers etc.



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Scrub-Jays Expand Their Territory!

The resident family of scrub-jays have repeated their annual tradition by moving down to the eastern side of the property and around the Trailhouse. It's good to see them up close again, and report that they all look healthy, except for some summer molting.

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A Week In The Scrub Surveying

Trailblazers, Bruce and Cathy Brown, along with their grandson, Tyler Steward from Ft. Collins, Colorado had the opportunity to spend a week at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve in the scrub surveying for scrub-jays. Monitoring the scrub-jays at this location has been an annual event for years and this year was quite encouraging. We sighted 13 scrub-jays including several juveniles.

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Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation

Those of you that have friends that are interested in attending a Scrub-Jay Trail orientation, the next one is scheduled for Saturday August 2nd from 8am until 11am.

Please contact us at info@scrubjaytrail.org or call (352)-429-5566 for further information and to register.

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NWF Habitat Stewards Training

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards Training. This three day training will take place September 13, 14, and 15 and will be hosted by B.B.Brown's Gardens in Clermont, FL

NWF logoIf you are interested in creating and restoring wildlife habitat in
your community and would like to be member of the next certified NWF Habitat Stewards class,
please e-mail bbbrowns@earthlink.net or call (352)-429-5566
for a registration package.

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Trailday on Saturday, July 26

If you are planning on joining us for Trailday on Saturday, July 26th please RSVP with the number attending in your party. As always, any contributions you'd like to make to the breakfast table will be appreciated, but is not required.

RSVP at   info@scrubjaytrail.org   or   352-429-5566

We look forward to seeing you on the Trail.

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