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The Trailhead is located in Lake County, Florida. map

For more information, please contact info@scrubjaytrail.org
(352) 429-5566

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of wildlife or plants seen
on the trail to this address: photos@scrubjaytrail.org



May 22, 2010 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers and Friends !

April was packed with successes on the Trail and we thank you for all of your contributions.
See below.

Highlights of the Trail

The scrub-jays are being very secretive about their families at the moment, much like they did last year. It was May 26th last year that they began to drop by with one fledgling followed by a 2nd the next day. From the successful rate we are hearing across the state, we too are looking forward to a few new family members. (See Fl Scrub-Jay Survey below)

The Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) is in full orange bloom along with Berlandiera subacaulis (greeneyes), Opuntia humifusa (prickly- pear cactus) and Asimina pygmaea
(dwarf pawpaw).

Jana Harris and Janet Carter continue to monitor the bluebird houses. One house had 4 eggs and 3 hatched. The young should fledge this week and the adults will be back in a few weeks to start another nest. (See Bluebird Trail below)
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May Trailday

Tomorrow is a perfect day for checking the low volume irrigation lines. With the addition of plants that were installed this past month many new lines were installed.

We will have all materials for this project. The only thing you need to bring is yourself and if you prefer a particular type of water to drink please bring that as well. Feel free to contribute to the breakfast table if you'd like, however it is not required to participate.

Please do RSVP ( info@scrubjaytrail.org ) however, so we can prepare accordingly.
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What's Been Happening

Florida Scrub-Jay Survey
Your continued support and monitoring of the scrub-jays is invaluable to the progress we make towards preserving and protecting scrub-jays throughout the state. Thanks in part to your efforts; Lake County has recently received a grant to put together a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
Keep your eyes and ears open and phone calls and e-mails coming when you spot
a scrub-jay.  (352)-429-5566 or  info@scrubjaytrail.org 

Bluebird Trail
The Florida Chapter of the Bluebird Society is just over a year old. With the recent activity of the bluebird trail at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail several of you have asked how you can get involved. Please contact Janet Carter  jcarter168@cfl.rr.com  to see how you may connect with this statewide trail.

Bluebird s 1 week old Bluebirds two weeks old
one week two weeks
female Bluebird femail Bluebird
Mom     (photos: Janet Carter)

Lost Lake Elementary Science Fair
Amazing to see what the next generations are experimenting with during Science Fairs.
Betsy Baines, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward and Lost Lake Science Enrichment Teacher invited us to see several young members of the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail show us their ingenious discoveries during the Fair. We are very excited to have such ambitious young folks on board protecting the scrub-jays and their habitat. Nice job!

Banding Scrub-Jays
Sarah Morningstar, recent graduate of the NWF Habitat Steward Program and Florida Scrub-Jay Trail docent, recently spent a day in the life of Michelle Dent, research assistant with Archbold Biological Station. This 11 year old had an opportunity of a lifetime with a full day
in the Florida scrub assisting with banding jays and observing other wildlife and habitat.
Wonderful opportunity!

Lake Louisa State Park Nature Fest
In its 7th year, this fun filled family event on the beach is always attended. Environmental in nature with guided bird and butterfly walks, live animals, and many interactive hands on activities for all ages. The Nature Fest is a fine example of the Lake Louisa State Park and Community Support Organization (CSO).
Thanks to you and Linda Beebe for your support with The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail booth.

Tiger Den Pack 998-Campout
The smallest of scouts couldn't resist when they saw the amphitheater that Keane Cadiente (troop 86) created and installed for his Eagle Scout project. They were once again inspired when they saw their older cub scouts building a stone fire pit (thank you Smokey Valley Stone) next to the amphitheater. They just had to get involved.
With Ed Douglas, Den Leader at the helm, assisted by Dianne Marin Assistant Cub Master a first campout for the Tiger Scouts was held. Many electives were completed with a few highlights being the woodworking projects (Lowes), photography belt loop and wildlife conservation belt loop where they studied endangered species.
For more information contact: Dianne Marin  dmarin1@cfl.rr.com  

Tiger Den Pack 998

                                                          see more pictures in the Gallery

G.R.E.A.T. Program (Gang Resistance Education and Training)

G.R.E.A.T. Program: Gang Resistance Education and Training

Windermere Elementary School, Orange County offers a wonderful program. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership, to educate students about gangs and how to deal with them.
One element includes community service and Amanda Fleming along with her sister Nancy, brother Jake and girlfriend Georgina Boardley headed out on The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail to install new signage created by volunteers Louise Hunt and Julian Andrews.
For more information  www.great-online.org
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Events and Opportunities

Lake County Adopt-A-Roadway Schedule

Road Clean-up/Cookout

Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium in partnership with Lake County "Adopt-A Roadway" program participates in a 2 mile clean-up on Monte Vista Road in Clermont. The remaining schedule
for 2010 is Saturday, June 19th, September 18th and December 18th.
We ask for your help from 8am-11am each of those days.
For details visit the News: Road Clean-up/Cookout section.

Scout Projects and Summer Programs Available
If your organization is interested in becoming involved with the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and leaving your mark for this important species please contact us at   info@scrubjaytrail.org  or call  (352)-429-5566

It has been a wonderful month with increased participation in our programs and activities. It is through your voluntary efforts and active support that this growth is made possible. Members like you provide the primary source of funding to continue to educate others about the Florida scrub-jay and its habitat.

For a membership , complete the application form and return with your payment. As a member, you will receive the following benefits:
. 10% discount on plants and merchandise at B.B. Brown's Gardens
. Invitation to special events for members only
. 10% discount on workshops held at the Trailhead

The mission of the Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium is to preserve the Florida Scrub-Jay and its habitat. Your support is very important to us and is vital for continuing our mission.

Thank you for your photo contributions to the website.
Sandra Groeneveld does a wonderful job posting them in the Gallery Section as well as throughout the site. If you would like to contribute your talents please do so at photos@scrubjaytrail.org. Please include your contact information.

Best wishes, see you on the Trail.
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