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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

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



January 22, 2011 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers and Friends,

Florida Scrub-jays
"Don Schroeder hard at work, November 2010"          photo: Nancy Schroeder

Hightlights of the Trail

Our December and January have been colder than average again this year, and fortunately we have had a bumper crop of acorns for the scrub-jays. They have been feverishly gathering and burying all they can get their beaks on. The habitat has also taken a beating with the drought and cold, but tucked down just beneath the surface, and at the base of some plants, we begin to see the emergence of bright green growth on the occasional warmer days.

We had a special visitor to the Trail with Jake Scott from England. Jake, was formally based in Naples working with National Wildlife Federation focusing on protecting the habitat of our endangered panther. It is so good to see you Jake and for introducing us to your parents. Other visitors included migratory RV dwellers from around the country making the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail their destination for a Life Bird, the Florida scrub-jay.

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January Trailday

Trailday- Saturday, January 22, 2011 8am-11am
We will work on the section of Trail adjacent to the parking lot. The clearing of weeds around the young scrub-oaks is looking very good in this section, and this time of year they are easy to remove. Bring gloves, and clippers.
We have several overlapping activities going on this day. Feel free to sit in on Sherry Boas' program beginning at 10am-10:30, followed by a book signing until noon. (please RSVP).

The cookout that was postponed after the last Adopt a Roadway Clean-Up, due to the rain will be held. This will be ready by 11:15 am and we will need people to help set up and grill. Please let us know if you can help and if you will be staying for the cookout. Please fill out the handy form below or feel free to call us at  (352)-429-5566.

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Upcoming Events and Activities

Sherry Boas: Simply Wild: book signing

Saturday, January 22, 2011    10am-12:00
Sherry Boas' Program and book signing
of her latest book
"Simply Wild: Untamed Wonders Large and Small".
The book features 45 photo-illustrated stories filled with entertaining anecdotes and facts about Florida wildlife encounters. Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhouse.

RSVP to reserve your place:
info@scrubjaytrail.org  or  (352)-429-5566

January 26-31, 2011
14th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, Titusville, FL
www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org    A "must" for all birders!

February 5, 2011    9am-10am
Laura Erickson, Presents Close Encounters of The Bird Kind
Made possible in part through National Wildlife Federation and donors like you. Author of four books, Science Editor at Cornell Lab Of Ornithology, Wild bird Rehabilitator and Educator presents an hour in the life of what she has experienced in the many roles she has played protecting our wild birds. Imagine what it is like to have a Pileated Woodpecker explore the crevices of your ear with its extensible tongue. Her intimate encounters with birds were sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, but always fascinating.
Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhouse. Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Members Free; Nonmembers $10.00
RSVP to reserve your place:    info@scrubjaytrail.org  or  (352)-429-5566
Click here for Laura Erickson's website.

February 12, 2011    9:30am-3:30pm
2nd Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival,
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island, FL
This festival rotates from year to year around the state to those areas with the last remaining scrub-jay populations in the state. Be the first to introduce your children to Florida's only endemic bird. Tour the scrub and enjoy the activities for all ages throughout the day.
Click here  for the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Calendar of Events.

Feb. 19, 2011    8am-11am
Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation

Free guided tour of the Trail.
Note this is normally held the first Saturday of each month. Due to special guest speaker
on February 5th we have moved this to February 19th. Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhouse.
Click here  for more details.

Feb. 26, 2011    8am-11am
Adopt A Roadway Clean-Up

Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhouse.
Our ongoing clean-up of the 2 mile stretch of the Monte Vista Rd. roadside. Mark you calendar for these future dates this year as well: May 14, August 13, and November 12.
Click here for more details.


March 5-7, 2011
11th Annual NWF Habitat Stewards Training

An extensive 3 day training program featuring in-class training, field studies, workshops and presentations by leading experts.
Florida Scrub-Jay Trailhouse.
Click here  for more details.

See you on the Trail.

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