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August 22, 2009 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers!

baby Scrub-JayScrub-jay activity
As the heat and humidity begin to take it's toll, it is a pleasure to step outside right after a thunderstorm and feel the cool breeze. The rain is gently falling on the tin roof as we speak. Fall is right around the corner and the scrub-jays are sensing it also. As early as end of July the entire family was exploring their entire range on the Trail picking the smallest of acorns off the trees and caching them. This is much earlier than most years and we already see them spending much of their time up by the road in what has become their primary nesting grounds. They usually navigate that way only in December or January right before breeding season.

Trailday, August 22, 8:00am to 11:00am
Our number one invasive this year has been the ragweed, and this is what we will tackle on Saturday. One thing you will notice is that over the years of focusing on removal of one or two exotics ,we now are down to the sandy soils that we have been working towards. This open sandy soil is a key element in securing the proper habitat for the scrub-jays to cache their acorns and food sources. The liatris is beginning to show its beautiful purple blooms and the garberia is beginning to bud along with the goldenrod and hundreds of Fall bloomers.

Remember the prickly pear cactus is also everywhere so keep to closed shoes, hats, gloves, and a rake and clippers if you have them.

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Chris Parker Presents Disney Grant To Scrub-jay Trail

Chris Parker presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium.
As part of the Walt Disney World "Ears to You" grant program employees who volunteer throughout the year can be eligible for grant money to be donated to their favorite charity.

We are very grateful for your generosity and encourage everyone that has this opportunity with your employer to take advantage of it.
Thank you for all that you do for The Florida Scrub-Jay and your community.

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"Florida Scrub-Jay Crossing" Signs Posted

Considering the bird's habits this year, the timing could not be better for the installation of Florida Scrub-Jay Crossing sings. As you may know, 10 year old Sarah Morningstar was successful in having "Florida Scrub-Jay Crossing" roadway signs placed on Monte Vista Road in front of the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail.

Sarah accomplished this by writing a letter to Commissioner Elaine Renick expressing her concern that scrub-jays are often hit by cars as they fly across the road. Commissioner Renick took it from there, and now there are beautiful full-color signs to remind people to slow down for scrub-jays.

This is just another display of citizen action in the preservation of this threatened, endemic bird. It is very encouraging to see our youth so involved in the future of Florida wildlife.

                                              read the article in the Orlando Sentinel

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Sarah Morningstar Recognized by Lake County Board Of County Commissioners

Commissioner Renick said it best when she stated that Sarah is not an extraordinary girl for her age, but rather Sarah is simple extraordinary!

Sarah saw a need and brought it to the attention of those who could help make a difference. Through her efforts she has brought awareness to the Florida Scrub-Jay and helped to save some jays. In recognition of her good deed, Sarah was presented with a smaller version of the Scrub-Jay Crossing Sign. Congratulations and thank you!

                       read the article in the Orlando Sentinel

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Birding Adventures TV News

The TV Show Where Birds of a Feather Venture Together

Congratulations to our friends at "Birding Adventures".
In just a few short months their regional show has gone Nationally to 80 million households across the country on Fox and Comcast.
For times visit their website at   www.birdingadventures.com

A crew from 'Birding Adventures' television show recently wrapped up several days of filming at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and surrounding areas. The new program features rare and threatened birds and their locales, said James Currie, the show's host and managing director. Who said that chasing threatened birds around the planet has to be hard work? Sometimes - and I mean sometimes! - the birds are so confiding they come to you. This was certainly the case when we filmed Florida Scrub Jays at the Florida Scrub-jay Trail in Clermont, Lake County Florida and at the Seminole State Forest.

Visit beautiful Lake County, Florida on BATV and learn about the county's wonderful scenery, adventures and great birding. The highlights of this show are without a doubt the confiding, but threatened, Florida Scrub-jays.

Amy Rippel of the Orlando Sentinel writes, 'They're friendly little blue birds with larger-than-life personalities." "Lake County is great for bird watching," Currie said. "It's got great birds and it's got birds that people will come to see from around the country."'

If you happened to miss this past months airing and would like a copy please request one
at   info@scrubjaytrail.org .

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Upcoming Events
Florida Scrub-Jay "Adopt-A-Roadway" Program

Our next scheduled Florida Scrub-Jay Trail "Adopt-A-Roadway" Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th from 8am-11am, followed by a cookout. This is becoming quite the event...never know what you will find! And mark your calendars for the last clean-up of the year on November 14th, 8am-11am.

Vests go fast so get your RSVP In ASAP.

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National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards Training

NWF logoNext year marks our 9th year of hosting NWF Habitat Stewards Trainings and we are very proud and honored to have this partnership. Our next training will be March 6,7,and 8, 2010.

This course is for those who are interested in making a difference in their community while learning about creating wildlife habitats in backyards and public places. We are proud of the 160 individuals who have successfully completed the course and gone on to make great impressions in their communities throughout Florida. This 3-day course covers how to create a Florida Wildlife Habitat, with guest speakers, field trips and the culmination of a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Certified Garden. Registration is now open.

For further information contact   bbbrowns@earthlink.net  or call (352)-429-5566.

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Next Free Guided Tour

Saturday, September 5th marks the next Free Scrub-Jay Trail orientation from 8am-11am.

If you or someone you know has not had the opportunity to tour the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, this is a good opportunity to get out and see what the hoop-la-la is all about. Share this event with everyone you know and care about that has a love for birds and the outdoors.

The event is free, however, we do request you RSVP info@scrubjaytrail.org ) as we like to keep the group small.

                                              read the article in the Orlando Sentinel

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Trail Open for Community Projects

Please contact   info@scrubjaytrail.org  for ideas on your next community project. We have plenty of opportunity for your groups. The birds will thank you and you'll feel very special about your contribution.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

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