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(352) 429-5566

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October 24, 2009 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers !

Florida Scrub-Jay

Scrub-Jay Update

Scrub-Jay Update
Our jays continue to be very elusive. They are beginning to come around a bit more than last month but still scurrying to cache this years acorn crop . Competition is fierce this year with
an abundance of woodpeckers caching acorns and mockingbirds competing for the last of
the Fall insects.

Trailday Activity

Trailday Activity Saturday, October 24th 8-11ish Followed by a Cookout/Party
for John Thomton's Birthday
Work hard, play hard and always eat. We'll start off in the usual way, a bite to eat/drink on the Trailhouse porch followed by a bit of exercise, see trail activity below followed by a cookout and many activities like volleyball, horseshoes, lawn darts, bean bag throw, golf practice range (watch those scrub-jays) and more.
Please feel free to contribute your favorite dish for the cookout and let us know if you are a vegetarian or not as well as how many in your party will attend and eat with us.

Common Ragweed

Common Ragweed
Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.
- on the day's "remove" list -
Click here for more info at Wikipedia

This month's activity will follow in last months footsteps. 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 Florida paint brush, rosemary and garberia, are in varying stages of purple/pink bloom while the silver- leaved aster is budding and beginning to show its vibrant yellow blossoms.

Remember the prickly pear cactus is also everywhere so keep to closed shoes, hats, gloves, and a rake and clippers if you have them.
If you'd like to bring something for the breakfast table, that is appreciated but not required.

Please RSVP by Thursday(22nd) at Noon so we have enough food.
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October Activities

Wekiwa Springs State Park Fall Festival, Apopka
October 24th 10am-2pm

While many of us will be at the Trail several Trailblazers will be having fun at the 3rd annual Wekiwa Springs Festival with The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail booth. Plenty of children's activities, along with Scrub-Jay Trail T-shirts and scrub-jay front license plates will be available for sale.
A portion of the proceeds go towards the 1st annual Scrub-Jay Festival coming up on
February 20, 2010. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend this festival before you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Springs and all the activity.
Address: Wekiwa Springs State Park ,1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL, 32712

Water, Wings and Wild Things Naturefest 2009 at Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
October 31st 9am-3pm
Trailblazers will be manning our booth at this 1,267 acre property of forests, marshes and sandhill along the shores of Lake Hancock. Enjoy the new multi million dollar environmental education complex or attend an environmental workshop or hike the native habitats while observing wildlife. This festival is very popular with young and old alike.
Address: Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland 33803
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November Activities

Next Guided Tour
Saturday, November 7th marks the next Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation from 8am-11am.
If you or someone you know has not had a chance to tour the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, this is a good opportunity. Get a close up view of the scrub-jays and learn how you can help in saving this threatened bird. 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 RSVPinfo@scrubjaytrail.org ) as we like to keep the group small.

Florida Scrub-Jay "Adopt-A-Roadway" Program
Our next scheduled Florida Scrub-Jay Trail "Adopt A Roadway" Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, November 21 from 8am-11am, followed by a cookout. This is becoming quite the event ... never know what you will find!
Vests go fast so get your RSVP In ASAP.
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New Picnic Tables and Benches

A huge thank you goes to Dan Cleary for his design and construction of the picnic table and benches that he made for the Building Blocks Learning Center clients.
These adults with developmental disabilities come to B.B.Brown's Gardens (located at the Trailhead) every Tuesday and Friday where they grow wonderful fruits, vegetables and cut flowers. Dan saw a need for them to have a place to eat their lunch and created the perfect table. Thank you also goes to Rudy Parker for helping in the assembly.

When this table is not being used by Building Blocks Learning Center it is available for other groups.
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Bluebirds have Arrived

BluebirdsOur first bluebirds arrived at the Trail the week of September 21st. A total of 8.
This is considerably earlier than any other year before. Four years ago they arrived in January. Three years ago in December and last year the week of Thanksgiving.

As you may recall, our boxes are shared by downy woodpeckers, bluebirds and flycatchers all usually winning the nesting box in that order as the species has its brood or two and decides to leave, the next bird takes his place.
We are in need of volunteers to install more boxes. We have a few boxes here however they need posts and assembly and then we also could use some more boxes, for those of you that are handy in making them.
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National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards Training

Next 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

                                                     click here for more details

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Trail Open for Community Projects

Please contact  info@scrubjaytrail.org  for ideas for your next community project.
The cool weather is here today (gone tomorrow??) and groups are starting to book projects. Don't be left behind. We have plenty of opportunity for your groups. The birds and visitors will thank you and you'll feel very special about your contribution.

Looking forward to seeing you.

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