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The Trailhead is located in Lake County, Florida. map

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

sat - wed : 8:00-5:00

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



October 22, 2010 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers and Friends,

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
photo: Janet Carter

The Scrub-Jays continue to be very active collecting the thousands of acorns that are needed to carry each of them over for the winter. We have a bumper crop this year on the Trail so they are happy campers.

Other birds that have been frequenting the Trail are bluebirds, bald eagles, yellow billed cuckoo, and many of the migratory songbirds to name a few.
John Thomton has been working on the bird checklist for the Trail and will have that available to the public soon.



Fall Trailday

October 23, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Held annually the fourth Saturday of October, Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend and HandsOn Network, a business unit of Points of Light Institute. The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is honored to partake in this event.

The Florida Scrub-Jay is endemic to Florida and we are losing it due to loss of habitat. Help to preserve the habitat of this federally listed species. You can make a difference October 23rd from 8am-11am and from 1pm-4pm by helping to clear a restoration site on The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail.

Florida Scrub-jay
photo: John Millman

Scrub-Jays require a specific habitat. Come be a part of history as you create a section of The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and learn what you can do in your community to further protect this threatened species for generations to come. See first hand what native plants belong in this habitat. Scrub-Jays are very active this time of year so you will most likely see a Scrub-Jay fly down beside you and thank you for your efforts.


WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING: Please wear comfortable, climate appropriate clothing, long pants, work gloves and CLOSED TOED shoes. (We recommend this type of clothing for YOUR safety when confronted with prickly pear cactus and branches.) Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent is also advised. Please bring shovels, clippers, and hard rakes if you have them.

MINIMUM AGE: This is a perfect family activity for ages 6 years and

RSVP REQUIRED:  info@scrubjaytrail.org  or (352)-429-5566

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is open to the public Saturdays through Wednesdays
from 8am-5pm

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October Highlights

Besides the activity of the jays, the Fall wildflowers are spectacular. Everything from the brilliant purples and pinks of Florida paintbrush, liatris, scrub- rosemary, to the bright oranges of the milk weed, and silver touches of love grass and palafoxia. The Craig Tufts Pollinator Garden is quite beautiful right now and is filled with pollinators of all kinds.

The organic herbs and vegetables are in the ground and in containers. We are looking forward to a bountiful season for the Giving Garden.

Scrub Rosemary (Conradina grandiflora)

Scrub Rosemary
(Conradina grandiflora)
photo: Louise Hunt

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Upcoming Events and Activities

Scouts and Community Organizations
If you are looking for a service project or Eagle Scout project we have several that need to be accomplished.
Inquire at:   info@scrubjaytrail.org  or  (352)-429-5566

Guided Tour of The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, November 6, from 8am-11am
In this 3 hour program, first time visitors to the Trail will learn about the status of the Florida scrub-jay and its habitat. During a tour of the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail visitors will watch for the resident jays and learn about the native plants of the Florida Scrub.
Following the tour, visitors will participate in the planting of a scrub-oak on the Trail, and find out how they can contribute to the preservation of the species on their own property.
This program is open to all adults and children who share a love of the outdoors, birds and wildlife.

Reservations for the stewardship program are required to assure a spot.
Contact us at:   info@scrubjaytrail.org  or  (352)-429-5566
Feel free to share this information with your friends.

Lake County "Adopt a Roadway" Project.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail has joined forces with the Lake County "Adopt-a-Roadway" program to clean up a 2 mile stretch of the Monte Vista Rd. roadside in Clermont. We are asking for folks to join us on Saturday, December 18th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. In return for your help, you receive the following benefits:

A pre-clean-up breakfast on the Trailhouse porch: Coffee, Tea, Juice, Quiche, Fruit, Pastry, etc. at 8:00am.
A chance to wear a spiffy Day-Glo vest
A 4 mile walk (up and back)
A really good feeling for helping to cleanup our highways.
A Cookout following the clean-up featuring burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, baked beans and any dish you would like to add.
BONUS GAME: Most unique item found wins a Florida Scrub-Jay T-Shirt .
Details announced at 8am sharp on Saturday.

"Show us your Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T-Shirt" contest
Next time you're out and about with your camera, send us a picture of you in your Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T-shirt. An independent panel of judges will be choosing a winner from the most unique location, whether it be you own hometown or around the world.
Winner will receive a package of Florida Scrub-Jay Trail merchandise.
Send photo to  photos@scrubjaytrail.org

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail On-Line Store
Visit this website's Store section to purchase Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T- Shirts, front License Plates your car, Coffee Mugs, or Mouse Pads.
The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium contributes a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the license plates towards the Florida Scrub-Jay Education Fund. We thank you for your support.

Florida Scrub-jay T-shirt Florida Scrub-jay License Plate Florida Scrub-jay Mug

Equipment Needs
If you or anyone you know can assist in obtaining the following items, we would greatly appreciate it:
- A front end loader for the tractor is needed to continue with the Trail restoration;
- A 4-6 passenger golf cart type vehicle to assist those guests who cannot walk well on the guided tours.

Florida Scrub-jays
"Florida Scrub-jays at the Trail"          photo: Cathey Daugherty

Fall is a perfect time to renew your membership or become a new member of the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. With increased participation in our programs and activities we are able to make a bigger impact. 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 , please 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
A feeling of well being for helping to preserve the Florida Scrub-Jay

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.

See you at the Trail!

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