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February 26, 2011 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers and Friends,

Participants of the Scrub-jay Tour

"Photo of participants of the Scrub-jay Tour
at the Merritt Island Scrub-jay Festival February 12, 2011 "

photo: Cathy Brown, Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium

Hightlights of the Trail

Our scrub-jays have given many visitors a peek into their world this past month. They are actively pursuing the ideal nesting location and hard at work competing with the mockingbirds and crows, much like last year. With the abundance of acorns this year and lots of bugs moving around right now, we are hoping for a banner baby year.

Many of the scrub-jays have moved into old citrus groves, as they had at the Trail over 15 years ago. These lands can be restored into wonderful scrub-jay habitat. We continue to look to acquire much needed land and with your help we can offer quality habitat for the next generation of Florida scrub-jays. Please keep your eyes and ears open and contact us if you have any sightings.   info@scrubjaytrail.org 

We had a special visitor to the Trail with Laura Erickson (see below), working with us for a week to help educate our younger and older generations about the The Florida Scrub-Jay and other birds that affect habitat and lives of others. We appreciate the time spent custom designing programs for Florida FCAT standards. Thank you Laura for your tremendous dedication, passion and contribution to Florida's next generation.

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February Trailday AND
Lake County Adopt-a-Road Cleanup

Trailday - Saturday, February 26 , 2011    8am-11am
County Adopt-a-Road Cleanup   8am-11am
It’s time for Spring cleanup activities on the Trail. The weather promises to be perfect. Bring gloves, and clippers or loppers as we will be pruning back the scrub oaks for prime-time nesting.

If Trail work doesn’t tempt you, how about joining the road crew on the Monte Vista Road cleanup? This covers a 2 mile section of the road, and depending on the size of the volunteer group, each person will cover approximately one mile of the road. We provide orange day-glow vests, water, and bags. You should provide gloves and a hat. The best part..... is the person who finds the most interesting item wins a Florida Scrub-Jay T-Shirt! Always a blast!

Speaking of T-Shirts..... Keep those photos coming! Last year's winners of the most interesting places The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T-Shirt showed up - Italy and Australia.

Dan Cleary in Australia

"Dan Cleary makes new friends in Australia "      photo: Terri Cleary

John & Becky Thomton in Rome

"John & Becky Thomton in Rome "

The cookout will follow after the Trailday and the Road Cleanup . 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.
Handy RSVP email form for the Trailday/Road Cleanup Cookout

Name   *(required)

Email   *(required)

How many in your party? 

Will you be staying for the cook-out?    

How many vegetarians in your party? 

I would like to contribute to the cook-out: (What I might bring - Not necessary for participation)



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February Hightlights

Laura Erickson

It’s been a busy month and, finally, we feel Spring around the corner. There's been a lot of migration, both avian and human. Laura Erickson, author of four books, Science Editor at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, producer of a daily radio Show, wild bird rehabilitator and educator, and keynote speaker at this years Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, was our special guest. Immediately following the Festival, Laura came to Lake County for a speaking tour.
Hundreds of students were engaged at Imagine School of South Lake, Lost Lake Elementary School and Umatilla Middle School followed up with a program entitled “Close Encounters of the Bird Kind” for adults at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. This well received tour was sponsored in part by The National Wildlife Federation, The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium and private donors like you. If you'd like to sponsor an upcoming event please contact us at  info@scrubjaytrail.orgStay tuned for more programs in this series.

2nd Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
This traveling event was staged at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on February 12. Thanks go out to Dan & Terri Cleary and Bill & Joyce Stefancic for helping out with the Scrub-Jay Trail booth. It was a great event and hundreds of people got a chance to see and learn about Florida’s only endemic bird plus the contributing positive factors of control burns, and how we are managing our lands for both threatened wildlife and humans when it comes to water conservation. This was all offered by way of guided tours, exhibition booths and many cultural experiences involving music, story telling and hands-on events. A special thank you goes out to our Host: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge along with our sponsors, Merritt Island Wildlife Assoc., CSISIGN Company. NASA Kennedy Space Center. U.S. Fish and Wildlife , Ace Hardware and The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium.
Next year, we are happy to announce the Festival will move to Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. We’ll keep you posted as the date approaches.

Visitors to the Trail
We continue to draw visitors from far and wide. Some of this past months visitors came from Colorado, Minnesota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Ottawa, Canada to see the jays. Many were fortunate to add the Florida Scrub-Jay to their life lists.
Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit us in Lake County. We are happy to have met you and look forward to your return.


11th Annual NWF Habitat Stewards Training - Clermont, FL
March 5, 6 ,7, 2011
Last chance as this will close out this week.   
Click here  for more details.


Workshop: Home Grown Herbs and Spices

Upcoming Workshop: Home Grown Herbs and Spices:
How to Use Them In Daily Diet
Click here  for more details.


Photography Contributions
As always, we are proud to show off your photos. When you visit, if you are happy with a particular photo or two that you have taken and are willing to share it with others,please forward those to  photos@scrubjaytrail.org.  New photos are posted regularly in the Gallery Section. Please include your contact info for proper recognition.

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