A visit from Eliza Russell, Director
of Education Programs for National Wildlife Federation
Eliza came in for a "Tour
of Florida" and
a workshop in Broward County designed to "teach the teachers" about
the wildlife education programs available through NWF.
Her tour brought her to the Scrub-Jay Trail for
a visit and planning session. She enjoyed the respite from a busy
itinerary that took her from south Florida to the Panhandle and
back again. For information about NWF education programs, visit
A visit from Alex Shore with Broward
Environmental Protection and
Growth Management Department
Alex came up to see the Trail. Broward is extremely active in the National
Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards program, Community Wildlife Habitat,
and wildlife education programs in the school system. It was great
to hear of the work they are doing in Broward County.
Check their website at for an overview of their commitment to saving
Organic Gardening Workshop with Jeri Baldwin
Jeri Baldwin and her Chief Gardener Lee Solomon once
again have shared a wealth of information about the techniques of
organic vegetable gardening. This included the importance of raising
worms, composting, natural insect control and organic fertilizing.
was a very enlightening class and everyone got to build their own
worm box complete with 100 live worms to take home.
Jeri Baldwin is the founder of Crone's
Cradle Conserve in Citra, an organic farm and 756 acre
privately owned nature preserve. They are open to the public and
you can get further info at
Craig Tufts Pollinator Garden Dedication
garden is the result of a lot of hard work by the Scrub-Jay Trailblazers
On Saturday, September 18, a ribbon cutting was
held to officially open the garden. The garden is dedicated to Craig
Tufts, Chief Naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation who
passed away in June 2009.
Tufts, Craig's wife, participated in the ceremony and
was very impressed by the volunteer effort that takes place here
at the Trail.
Joining Jean on her visit was Kelly
Senser, Senior Associate Editor with NWF, who has been
very supportive on the Scrub-Jay Trail. More photos to come.
Lake County "Adopt a Roadway" Project.
We had a good turnout for this quarterly event. A competition for the
strangest road trash was held once again, and the winner of a Scrub-Jay
Trail T-Shirt is Rich
Whalen who found a pair of watches. Following the road clean-up
we fired up the grill and had a picnic.
The next cleanup is scheduled
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