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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



September 23, 2017 Trailday Newsletter
Hello Trailblazers!

"Pipeline Swallowtail at the Trail"
photo: Sonia Durrance

Trailday is Saturday, September 23rd
7am-8am Sunrise Yoga with Dianna followed by
Trailday from 8am -11am


New: Introduction to Qigong
7:00 a.m. - Karen McCahey, student of Tevia Feng of White Tiger Qigong, will give us a 15-minute introduction to Qigong - the art of learning to move energy through our bodies using movement, breath and intention. Qi means energy and Gong means work. Karen is studying dynamic Qigong and will do the warm up with everyone which opens the meridians and allows the energy to flow freely without being blocked.

Qigong will flow into our blissful Sunrise Yoga which lets us enjoy the beauty of sunrise over the lake as we are led through calming, reflective poses that are suitable for any experience level. All you need to bring is your mat and your enthusiasm. (No charge)

Enjoy continental breakfast on the Trailhouse porch at 8:00 a.m. before heading out for trail work. (contributions to the breakfast table are welcome but not required)

Lend a hand at our ongoing trail maintenance. Bring your clippers, gloves, refillable water bottle, insect repellent. We will be working in the Giving Garden with final preparations for fall planting. The purpose of the Giving Garden is to grow vegetables and produce for community members in need of food.

We thank you for your support!

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Hurricane Irma

We hope that all who were in the path of Hurricane Irma are now safe and getting back to a somewhat normal life. B.B.Brown’s Gardens and The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail were very fortunate and had no major damage. Some roofs blew off parts of the Trail structures and the barns and some trees were uprooted as well as lots of limbs and leaf debris.

Thank you to all who have been volunteering to clean up.

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Love Lake Life Video Series Features the Trail

“Love Lake Life” is a web series that highlights some of Lake County’s must-visit spots and love-filled locals to shine light on why Lake County is real Florida, real close.

The fifth Love Lake Life feature is: The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail!
Tag a friend who would love to take photos here.
Cathy Brown invites you to check out the unbeLEAFable plants, flowers, and animals you can spot in this habitat.

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Seedling donation

Thank you to Urban Forestry Services for your donation of several hundred trees to be used in our wetland and upland restoration projects.

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Happenings at the Trail

Insect Study Merit Badge
Marc Minno, Ph.D., gave a program on Insect Study earning Merit Badges for Scouts who participated from Troop #998.


Outdoor Bake Oven
Zachary Marin with Troop #998 completed the final test of his Eagle Scout Project with the baking of several pizzas in the new outdoor bake oven. Yummy!!


BioBlitz Internships
Nicholas Santiso wrapped up his BioBlitz Internship with Marc Minno and is back at Florida State University studying for his Bachelors of Science degree. We look forward to his continued studies here at the Trail during his school breaks.
Retired Entomologist Lawrence Richards has joined our BioBlitz Internship, under the direction of Marc Minno and is beginning to catalog insects of the Green Swamp.

Nick Santiso pinning his first insect July 16, 2017


The first Saturday of each month is The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. This is a great first step and introduction to our organization and to the many volunteer opportunities.

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Support via Amazon

Support us when you shop on Amazon: #StartWithaSmile and Amazon donates to Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium Inc.


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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.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium is a 501(c)(3) not for profit Florida corporation.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

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