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Happy Scrub-Jay Birthday!
Judy Clark's Wonderful
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It's been a great month out here on the
We're looking forward to seeing everybody again!
We have experienced
the birth of 5 scrub-jays! This
is great news and demonstrates tangible results of all the
hard work you scrub-jay Trailblazers have put in over the past
4 years. Five is an unusually large brood and validates the quality
of the habitat at the Trail.
This coming Saturday,
from 8am-11am is
our monthly Scrub-Jay Trailday, and we anticipate a big turnout
to welcome the new scrub-jay babies .... that is if we can see
them. Mom and Dad Scrub-Jay are very good at keeping the juveniles
out of harm's way. It'll be a few more weeks before they are
out and about. Until then, we can only hope that 5 of them have
made it through this very perilous time in their development.
Speaking of birthdays, our own Domenic (the
Italian Christmas Donkey) turned 4 this month. A small, family
celebration ,including the 9 members of the herd, took place.
Apple/Oat treats were passed out to all equines, and Domenic
got a special back-scratch.
Please RSVP if you plan on attending
the trailday as we will prepare for the proper amount of coffee
and continental breakfast. E-mail
or call (352)-429-5566.
If you wish to contribute to the breakfast
would be appreciated.
Things to bring: Gloves, hat, and sunscreen. Binoculars
and cameras are optional. We will supply drinking water.
Orientation: If you are
a newcomer to the trail and would like a personal orientation
to the Florida Scrub-Jay and Trail please call to reserve a place.
We offer a free 3 hour orientation on the first Saturday of each
month from 8am-11am. Reserve
your place today as group size is kept to a minimum.
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A very touching moment this month was the
Eagle Scout "Court of Honor" for Steven Scott, who received
his Eagle award. Steve and friends spent 2 days on the Trail
clearing, planting and irrigating an acre of scrub-jay habitat.
There wasn't a dry eye in the room during this extremely auspicious
again congratulations Steve! The scrub-jays are loving the
habitat you created for them.
The Scrub-Jay Trail was represented at Disney's "Earth
Day Expo", part of the Disney "Environmentality" initiative.
Many people who had never heard of the scrub-jay, were given information
about how they can participate in saving the species in their own
backyards and out on the Trail.
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Events in May
The Lake Country Welcome
Center will celebrate
National Tourism week on Friday, May 18 from
Florida Scrub-Jay Trail has been invited to participate in this
event and we look to welcoming you to Lake County with an
introduction to the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and Florida 's only
endemic bird. For further information log on to
Lake Louisa State Park Field Day is on May
19 from 9:30am-2:30pm. This is a fun and educational
event on the shores of Lake Louisa in Clermont , FL . The Scrub-Jay
Trail will have a booth on the beach and Cathy Brown, co-owner
of B.B.Brown's Gardens, will be giving a presentation on Florida
Native Plants and how to create a National Wildlife Federation
certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
Anyone who is willing to help out at the scrub-jay
booth for a few hours on May 19 th is asked to contact The
Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium
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Making News at the Trail
Many of you have been asking about the scrub-jay
stepping stone by the kiosk. This beautiful mosaic stone
was designed and installed by Sandra Groeneveld .
For further viewing of her talents visit
Sandra Groeneveld will be featured on our web
site later in the month, but for now we can not thank her and her
partner David Mazurek of Kalideco enough for their outstanding
contribution to the creation and maintenance of the Florida Scrub-Jay
New to the Trail this month: Louise Hunt has created
beautiful informational and photographic signs for the plants on
the Trail. These signs provide botanical information as well as
excellent photographs and are placed directly next to the plant,
making a walk up the Trail more enjoyable and educational.
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week we hosted Brownie Troop # 4702 of Clermont,
under the leadership of Barbara Hollerand and Mindy
for a tour of the Trail. It was a lot of fun and the girls got
an "up close and personal" visit with "BY" and "WHO" our resident
scrub-jays and proud parents.
Allan Jahner, owner of Wild
Birds Unlimited Nature Store in Winter Springs , FL conducted a birding field trip
on the Trail this month. They spotted many species, including bluebirds,
flycatchers, swallow-tail kites, and "you-know-WHO", who landed
of top of the kiosk for an unforgettable photo op. It was a great
outing for about 20 avid birders
Check the "Gallery" later for
new photos as they come in.
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