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"Chipping Sparrow at the Trail"   -    photo: Barb Peterson 2019

The Mystery of the Wooden Egg...

As Cathy Brown was walking the western side of the Trail this week, she was sidetracked by what she thought was a gopher tortoise shell hitting another shell. She followed the sound and it took her to a burrow with one gopher heading in and one trying to get out. As she slowly moved away to head in another direction, there at her feet in a field of gopher apple was what appeared to be a chicken egg.....really? all the way out here??

She picked it up and it was not any old chicken egg...it was one of the original four wooden eggs that were put in the chicken enclosure when they first set up the chickens (now down to just one of those wooden eggs). 

How did a wooden egg get all the way from the chicken coop out to the other side of the trail? 

The answer (maybe the best guess?) to this mystery is shown at the end of this email.

On Saturday, we will continue our trail maintenance. This is the time of year our Florida Scrub-Jays are collecting acorns for the winter food source in case we get a cold spell. 
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Please bring loppers, hand pruners, and gloves if you have them. If not, we have limited availability of equipment to loan for the event. Everyone should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Bring your water bottle - we will supply plenty of cold water to refill your bottle. 
Before trail work begins, fall into Sunrise Yoga. 

Dianna leads us through calming, reflective, poses that are suitable for any experience level (and great for balance to prevent any more falls!).

All you need to bring is your mat and your enthusiasm. 

( 7:00 a.m., No charge)

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Bird Walk
led by John Thomton
Tuesday, October 15
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

$20.00 per person. Participation is limited to 10 people - be sure to reserve a spot now by calling 352-429-5566 or
e-mail info@scrubjaytrail.org.
  Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26.
Join us for Trailday  (8:30-10:30am) when we will be planting Monarch butterfly host and nectar plants in the Craig Tufts Pollinator Garden and tagging Monarch butterflies with Dr. Marc Minno during the BioBlitz walk (10:30am-12:30pm).
RSVP early to secure your place - call 352-429-5566 or e-mail info@scrubjaytrail.org
Good news!  We are adding a 
Fishing and Boating Skills Camp

 Spring Break, March 16-20, 2020

We are accepting registrations now! Contact Bruce Brown at info@scrubjaytrail.org or
call 352-429-5566 for registration form and further information.
Summer Fishing and Boating Skills Camps will be offered June 1-5, 2020,
June 8-12, 2020. 

New in 2020 - an Advanced Fishing and Boating Skills Camp will be offered June 15-19.

Registration for the summer camp sessions will open December 2, 2019.

Don't fall behind in your support of our efforts - become a Florida Scrub-Jay Trail member or donate. You will be contributing to our cause of protecting the Florida Scrub-Jay from extinction while supporting our children as they explore our great Florida outdoors.
...The Mystery of the Wooden Egg

We have witnessed a snake in the chicken coop before and one with a huge egg-shaped belly right after it had eaten a hard wooden egg. 
These wooden eggs are sometimes put into the nest box to encourage egg-laying. Many times, however, the snakes (in our case they are rat snakes) come in looking for a real egg and eat the wooden eggs by mistake.
When this happens, if they are fortunate, they will regurgitate them. In this instance the snake traveled to the west side of the Trail and did just that. Hence we found the wooden egg far from the original nest box it was intended to be in.
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Reminder - the first Saturday of each month is
The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation 
from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
For further information, to apply as a volunteer,
or to register for the Orientation, 
please call 352-429-5566 or e-mail info@scrubjaytrail.org.
This is a great first step and introduction to our organization
and to the many volunteer opportunities.


The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is open to the public
Saturday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You are always invited to come see this Garden Spot of Lake County.

Physical Address:
11490 Montevista Road, Clermont, FL 34711
The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is a not for profit 501(c) (3) corporation.

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