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(352) 429-5566

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March 28, 2009 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers!

Welcome to Spring! After such a nasty Winter, it's great to get back outside to watch the buds budding and hear the scrub-jays screeching.

Special Trailday
This Saturday, March 28, there will be a fascinating program preceding the trail work. Rosi Mulholland, Statewide Fire Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Protection and long-time friend and supporter of the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail,
will give a program on the importance of fire in habitat restoration.
What should we expect after The Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhead is burned in a few years? Rosi will offer a fascinating Power-Point presentation, and give us a chance to check out an engine. If you're skittish about getting hosed, you may want to watch from the porch. Following Rosi's presentation, we'll head out to the west side of the Trail for some weeding and planting scrub palmettos, sand live oaks and more wildflowers.

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Upcoming Events

Master Class on Honey Bees - April 19th, 9am-noon
The honeybee is one of the most important pollinators known to mankind, and we are losing them at an alarming rate. Now you have the opportunity to hear and see what it is that makes this bee so important to our food chain and economic well being.
Join Jean Vasicek -founder of Winter Park Honey www.winterparkhoney.com  on a journey into her life with bees in Central Florida. Watch the bees as they make their honeycomb, and taste the difference between organically produced raw unfiltered honey and off-the-shelf processed honey.

Location: B.B.Brown's Gardens , 11490 Monte Vista Rd, Clermont,FL 34711
Cost: $5.00 per person for current Florida Scrub-Jay Trail members and $10.00 per person for non members.
Non- members who join concurrently with registering for the class pay member rate. For membership information contact  info@scrubjaytrail.org  or call   (352)-429-5566.

Enchanted Forest

Earth Day at Enchanted Forest- Titusville, FL
Celebrate Earthday , Saturday, April 4th from 10am-4pm at
Enchanted Forest in Titusville www.enchantedforestfriends.org .
The Florida Scrub-Jay front license plates will be for sale there and
our very own Joyce and Bill Stefancic will be manning the booth.
If you would like to help out for an hour or two, that will give Joyce and Bill a chance to tour through this beautiful facility and nature sanctuary. Please let us know if you can help   info@scrubjaytrail.org

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail has signed up with Lake County to clean up 2 miles of Monte Vista Road, from Pine Island to Montevista Lane. This operation will happen 4 times a year starting April 11 from 8:00 am to ? In return for our work, we get to wear neon vests and pretend we're on a prison gang. We're asking for volunteer help, so if you're interested, let us know.

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Scrub-Jay Juvenile Update

We’re waiting with great anticipation to see if the resident family will produce some off-spring. There’s been a lot of activity as of late, and often times we’ll see only two of the family, indicating the possibility that one is on the nest. Hope for many babies!

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Seen On The Trail

Sherman's Fox Squirrel
Ann Dequevedo spotted a Sherman's Fox Squirrel this past week. (photos to come)
It was making its way from the adjoining woods of large oak trees passing through the nursery and over towards the pine trees and neighboring oaks trees near the shade house.
It has been many years since we've seen a Sherman's Fox Squirrel on the adjoining property.

This is a species of special concern listed with the State of Florida and, although our restoration efforts for the Florida scrub-jay's habitat are different from the habitat of Sherman's Fox Squirrel, it sure is nice to know that they are still in the area.

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National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards Program

This Spring's NWF Habitat Stewards Training was extremely successful. The lineup of speakers included author and butterfly guru Marc Minno, Allen Jahner from Wild Birds Unlimited, Liz Block from Toho Water Authority, and graduate of the NWF Habitat Stewards Training, Richard Ford from USDA Soil Service, and Betsy Baines, a teacher from Lost Lake Elementary School and a graduate of the very first Habitat Stewards class. The program culminated in the installation of the Memory Garden at the Humane Society of Lake County in Umatilla. This garden has been the dream of Habitat Steward Skye Milner, and it was very heartwarming to see it come to life.

Saturday night's "Habitat After Hours" was as zany as usual with the music and bad jokes from Stuart Hall, K.Z.Zuckerman (recently voted Lake County's "Entertainer of the Year") and the mellow bassmanship of Vic DeGiorgio.
Habitat After Hours is always a great time to recognize all the good work being done by Habitat Stewards over the year, and a great time to see how much Bar-B-Que one can consume without falling down.

We want to thank all those who gave of their time to make this program a smashing success- in alphabetical order:

Linda Beebe
Judy Clark
Dan and Terry Cleary
Christie Conk
Chris Parker
Michelle Dent
Ann DeQuevedo

Melissa Lynch
Mark Lynch
Jackie Osbun

Joyce and Bill Stefancic
Laurel Temmen
John Thomton

Chris Parker gets special recognition for her organization of the volunteers. Great job!

Also thanks go out to Anna Zacardo for wireless internet support, Gary Turchin, Mike Kalbac and Brad Moore of Convergence for the Plasma Screen, DVD player, and technical support, and to Crescent Moon Productions for the great lighting and art direction.

We would like to also recognize our contributing sponsors; National Wildlife Federation, Winn-Dixie Stores, Green Mountain Coffee and B.B.Brown's Gardens, as well as those who contributed to the Humane Society Garden; Lowes, J&S Cypress, Yard Stop, and HSLC employees.

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In Closing

Sarah Morningstar Strikes Again
On March 14, Sarah guided her first tour for adults and wowed the crowd. She didn't know that one person in the group was a retired 4th grade science teacher from Illinois. He gave Sarah an A+ for her tour. Go Sarah!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Feel free to add to the breakfast table. Please RSVP as we will have a full house for Rosi's presentation.

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