The Florida Scrub Jay is perhaps the most endearing of all the threatened and rare species still surviving in Florida. If you've ever had this delightful bird land on your head I'm sure you agree with me. Several years ago student groups lobbied the legislature to have this enduring nut-stasher named the state bird.
Maria Zondervan, Land Manager with the St. Johns River Water Management District will talk about this endemic species, its lifestyle and the numbers of remaining families across the state. High and dry is the preferred habitat. Its principal competitor? Human beings.
The JayWatch program and the important data this citizen science project has collected will also be discussed at the meeting.
Become a Jay Watch Volunteer:
Join Jay Watch citizen science volunteers and help with Florida Scrub-Jay surveys that play an important role in the protection of this charismatic species! There will be a JayWatch training session at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona on Saturday May 10th beginning at 8:30 am. During the training session, you will learn how to identify adult and juvenile Scrub-Jays and determine how many jays comprise each “family” group. Surveys are conducted annually at about 75 parks and preserves across the state from June 15 – July 15. Volunteers are invited to an annual volunteer appreciation event to meet other volunteers and land managers, celebrate their hard work, and learn the results of statewide surveys. For more information visit http://fl.audubon.org/jay-watch, or, to be placed on the JayWatch email list, contact Marianne Korosy, Audubon’s Jay Watch Coordinator at [masked].
Field Trip: Saturday, March 15, we'll take a guided tour of the Lake Monroe Conservation Area where several scrub jay families are known to live.