Following up on Sunday's presentation we'll make a search for the scrub jay families at Lake Monroe Conservation Area. This is a 7,473 acre conservation area just four miles from Sanford along the eastern floodplain of Lake Monroe.
While we're looking we can also expect to see wading birds, ospreys, sandhill cranes, wood storks, many migratory birds, etc. We might spot a deer and some alligators and maybe a skink, too. The walk will be guided by Duff Swan, Land Management Specialist at St. Johns River Water Management District.
Time: Meet at the Sanford library 8:15 am for carpooling.
Web Info: http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/lakemonroe/index.html
The Conservation Area contains a large portion of the floodplain of Lake Monroe. Wetlands make up 94 percent of the area. This provides flood protection, and protection of water quality and more than three miles of Lake Monroe and St. Johns River shoreline. It also protects fish and wildlife habitat. The predominant natural communities are floodplain marsh/wet prairie and floodplain swamp/forest. Years ago, Native Americans hunted and fished in the area.
Scrub jays have a distinctly southern accent