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September 28, 2013 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers!

Happy Fall! The monsoons of recent days promise to bring beautiful weather for our Saturday Trailday. It's time to turn off the A/C, step outside and breathe deep, followed by:

Trailday Yoga by the Lake Dianna Magrum will lead us in a one hour Yoga class this Saturday from 7:00am to 8:00am. It's a low-impact training that stretches you in ways you never knew possible. You'll feel great when you're through, and bending over to pull weeds on the Trail will be much easier. A light breakfast and yogurt will follow the training. Please let us know if you will be attending, and feel free to contribute to the breakfast table.

Trailday - This month maintenace on the Trails will consist of clearing around the new signage that Louise Hunt has been installing and re-routing a few trails due to our gopher tortoises who seem to enjoy moving their burrows to the middle of the Trail where the most beautiful vegetation and most scenic views reside.

Great News from the WinterFair Office

Alright music lovers, get ready for a great concert at this year's 3nd Annual WinterFair Festival. The program has extended to 2 days this year, with a concert on Friday night, December 20, 2013 and the daytime activities on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Our extra special guest for the concert will be John Sebastian! John is the founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a prolific songwriter with #1 hits like "Do You Believe in Magic", "Summer in the City", and the theme song from the TV hit "Welcome Back Kotter."

We are very excited about having John help the efforts to save the Florida Scrub-Jay.
Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting event!

Click here for more information.

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Happenings at the Trail

Adopt-a-Road Cleanup
This month, the road cleanup was actually a triple-header event:

...... Monte Vista Road cleanup:   Volunteers cleaned 2 miles of highway. Normally, the person finding the most unusual trash wins a T-Shirt but this time nothing was unusual. A good effort however. Following the cleanup:

...... "Giving Garden" Prep:   It's time for the Fall planting of the Giving Gardens, so volunteers weeded the raised beds, pruned fruit trees and other pollinator attracting bushes and prepared the soil for planting.

...... Bar-B-Cue:   To reward our efforts, we treated ourselves to a bar-b-cue. Entertainment was provided by "Chef" Bruce as he nearly incinerated himself and the burgers as well. Everyone was very kind, saying they tasted good, but we all knew better. I guess if you like "well done" they were OK. In spite of the Culinary Catastrophe, a good time was had by all, and a lot of work was accomplished.

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Boy Scout Activity
Scout Ben Jackson from Troop 86 applied hours towards his volunteer requirements for citizenship in school and his Boy Scout merit badge. Ben potted up nearly 300 organic vegetables for the Giving Garden, and will complete his requirements by planting the raised beds and gardens when the plants are ready to be installed.

Upcoming Events

October 4-6, 2013
2nd Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival
at Hickory Point Park in Tavares, FL  www.wingsandwildflowers.com

For Scrub-jay Trail specific events  Click here

The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium will have a booth at the park with Trailblazers answering your questions and offering interactive activities. The National Wildlife Federation booth will be staffed with our local NWF Habitat Stewards ready to answer your backyard habitat and gardening questions as well as offering children's activities

A variety of programs and activities will also be held at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in Clermont..

December 20 and 21, 2013
The 3rd Annual WinterFair
will be held at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. This annual fundraiser for our Rehabilitation Treatment Center for Injured Wildlife is critical for Lake County. Not only do we support Lake County's wildlife but 5 other surrounding counties as well.

Event details: click here 
Evening with John Sebastian details: click here

Volunteer of the Month

female bluebird

Jana Harris

Jana has been volunteering at the Trail for over 4 years. One of her interests has been installing, maintaining and monitoring over 20 bluebird boxes on the Trail, weekly.

She also heads up the Butterfly outreach activities and helps maintain the Craig Tufts Pollinator Garden, including the Monarch Waystation.
During the Wings and Wildflowers Festival, Jana will be directing the Monarch tagging operation. This activity will allow visitors to tag and release these beautiful Monarchs and learn about their migration habits. This program would not happen without Jana's support.

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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