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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



North Shore Birding Festival

DECEMBER 02-06, 2021

North Shore Birding Festival

The Florida Scrub-jay Trail will be participating in this event with Trip 23a.

The North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka is for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list while exploring a unique birding hot spot only 35–45 minutes from Orlando attractions.

North Shore Birding Festival

Trip 23a: Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and Clermont Birding Hotspots

Some walking (sandy surfaces)
$30, no lunch included
Leaders: John Thomton (Orange Audubon Society) and
                  Bruce and Cathy Brown (Florida Scrub-Jay Trail).
Date & Time: December 4, 2021     8:00am - 11:am
Maximum participants: 12

Click here for more information and to register


The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

Years ago, Bruce and Cathy Brown discovered some Florida Scrub-Jays using their plant nursery. They founded the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail as a place for people to get outside and enjoy nature, and to learn about the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay ecosystem. Bruce and Cathy will bird with us and share how they developed the Trail.
Then we will hit some other birding hotspots in the Clermont area: Country roads south of Mascotte, Lake Hiawatha Park for woodland and marshland birds, and will scope Lake Minneola for diving ducks, grebes and possibly loons. Possible sightings include Sandhill Crane, Common Ground-Dove, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Meadowlark, Red-headed Woodpecker, Purple Gallinule, Northern Flicker, Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Vermillion Flycatcher (seen on last year’s Clermont CBC) and Florida Scrub-Jay.


John Thomton

John Thomton began birding during his junior year of high school in the Chicago suburbs. An avid birder in Central Florida for the past 15 years while working for Disney, John founded and is compiler for two local Christmas Bird Counts, Clermont and Bay Hill. He holds degrees in wildlife management and biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and particularly likes corvids.

John will be co-leading Trips 23a and 25.


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