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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



October 27, 2012 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers!

We're looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th for the October edition of the Scrub-Jay Trailday. The mornings have been beautiful, illustrating why we all put up with the summers down here and making it very pleasant to be out in the wild outdoors. Fall is one of the peak seasons for wildflower viewing on the Trail. Florida Paintbrush, Liatris, Flat-top goldenrod, Tithonia, Garberia, and Salvias are in looking beautiful in one stage or another of bloom ... a photographers dream!

During the Trailday tomorrow the object of our labors will be a pesky little species called Natal Grass. It has invaded the Trail, uninvited and unwanted. Please bring gloves for pulling this pesky weed. We hope to eliminate the seed heads.

It's been very busy lately, with all manner of projects converging all at once.

Happenings at the Trail

see pictures in the Gallery visitors took at the Trail

Lake County Wings and Wildflower Festival completed Sept, 30th
What a great effort on behalf of Kathy Pagan, who heads up the Lake County Florida Office Economic Development and Tourism and all who helped make this event a success. This event grew into huge proportions and covered the entire county with field trips, programs and workshops. The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail participated for all 3 days with hourly guided tours, Monarch Butterfly tagging and release, Geocaching with National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick, Gardening for Butterflies, and Building Bluebird nesting boxes. Your comments indicated that you were pleased and had it on your calendar for next year! WOW ... what a great first year! That never would have happened without all of our coordinators and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for future events please let us know. We have events all year long and it is a great way to get credits for school and scholarships.


Lake County Adopt a Road Way Clean-Up
You've participated in our 2- Lake County Adopt a Road Way Clean-Ups with Florida Scrub-Jay T-shirts going to the most unique item found. One was for a vulture skull and the other a unique golf ball. We find that the more you keep the roadways clean the less people seem to throw things out. Such a catch 22! Nice for the roadways ... not so much fun for the competitions cleaning up!

Some of our great volunteers at the Adopt-a-Road Clean Ups

Our Eagle Scouts
never disappoint us ... We have an ever growing list of opportunities for them (request our list) Alex Field completed 6 Wood Duck boxes and installation on Flag Lake at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail.  For years we have had wood ducks but they had no breeding grounds until Alex stepped forward to make the wood duck boxes. Thank you Alex! Watch our population increase in the next few years!

"Eagle Scouts hard at work."

Dr. Marc Minno
had a banner workshop filled to capacity. Everything you wanted to know about butterflies and their habitat and how to create gardens for them. Jana Harris, our local expert on growing monarchs, joined Marc with her monarch larva and chrysalis and all their habitat needed for successful migration .This along with the tagging and releasing of monarch butterflies for their journey to Central Mexico made for an exceptional workshop. Contact us if you want to know how to get involved with the next workshop at (352)-429-5566 or info@scrubjaytrail.org.

"A tagged Monarch butterfly"
photo: Cheryl Devlin

Louise Hunt
has been contributing to the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail since its inception. Everyone that enjoys a Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T-Shirt is enjoying a piece of art work from Louise. The signage and information that visitors can enjoy because of her is immense. The past few months she has donated many hours of photography and much research adding to the plants and butterflies found on the Trail. She is now adding insects and introducing signage on phase two of the restoration. This has directly made an impact on the students from elementary to college levels studying on the Trail. Thank you Louise for your talent and contribution!


Water, Wings, and Wild Things Festival, Circle B Bar Ranch, Lakeland, FL November 3, 2012
One of the most diversified properties for birding and wildlife. This festival is sure to please! The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail will participate with interactive activities for kids and adults alike. National Wildlife Federation will have lots of activities for children from making bird beaks to exchanging wildlife trading cards and getting up close and personal to Ranger Rick with the Ranger Rick Magazine! A can't miss!
If you'd like to volunteer we have a few positions available and we would like to work together with you. No experience needed. We will have staff on hand to work with you. All you need is a willingness and desire. Contact: (352)-429-5566 or info@scrubjaytrail.org.


WinterFair 2012 December 15, 2012
We are excited about our participants and partners for our 2nd Annual WinterFair. This family fun festival is about local giving and spending time outside with family and friends, exploring the great outdoors sponsored by National Wildlife Federation, Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, The Daily Commercial, South Lake Press, Style Magazine,The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium, and Sumter Electric Cooperative. Our Host Hotel is The Hampton Inn of Clermont.
WinterFair is a benefit for The Building Fund of The Florida Scrub-Jay Treatment Center for Injured Birds and Wildlife which currently serves 6 counties. For ticket information call (352)-429-5566 or info@scrubjaytrail.org.


We thank all those photographers that have donated there services during our events. Whether professional or amateur we always appreciate and encourage the artistic component to our website and signage on the Trail. If you are interested in contributing to our website and events please contact us at info@scrubjaytrail.org. Photos can be sent to photos@scrubjaytrail.org.

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Florida Scrub-Jay Online Store

Many of you are asking how you can purchase a Florida Scrub-Jay Trail T-Shirt or front license plate your car. Simply visit this website's "Store" section on the main menu bar!

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

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. For T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads etc. visit our store today.

We thank you for your support.

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Thank you to those who have renewed your annual membership or have become a new member. 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

The mission of the Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium is to preserve the Florida Scrub-Jay from extinction through preservation, restoration and education. Your support is very important to us and is vital for continuing our mission.

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