Scrub Jay Viewing at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona

 

http://lyoniapreserve.com/

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The delightful Florida Scrub Jay is found only in Florida scrub habitat, an ecosystem found only in central Florida. It is characterized by nutrient-poor soil, occasional drought and frequent wildfires. An inquisitive and intelligent species, the most striking attribute of the Florida Scrub Jay's behavior is its remarkable tameness. They will land right on you to investigate. Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre project in Volusia County to restore and maintain scrub habitat.

Since 1994, restoration efforts have removed overgrown sand pines and opened up the understory, creating the characteristic bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by scrub species. There are several trails to hike and some are not very long so we can do those if anyone of us cannot walk too far. You will be delighted to see the Scrub Jays come out and land on our heads/shoulders/hands. Make sure you wear appropriate walking shoes as we will be walking in sand. After you park go to the far right side of the main building. We'll meet at the trailhead. I will send everyone my cell phone number the closer to the time of the event. The hike is free, there are snacks and refreshments available at the complex, in fact there is a Bagel King located there.

If you are afraid of birds landing on you, you might not want to go. Below is the map of the trail. We will walk the middle trail.

http://lyoniapreserve.com/

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That works...fun blog, too...Thanks, Craig

    November 22, 2011

  • Pauline

    really enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing the scrub jays! Thanks, Lilly, for organizing.

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome time, can't wait to go back and I also look forward learning more about our group members!

    November 19, 2011

  • Terri

    Fun group of folks~!

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't join you folks--but I guarantee you, you are in for a magical treat...what delightful, smart & beautiful birds...very curious & social too--ENJOY!

    November 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    In answer to the length of trail, if I recall from last year (which was great): orange trail= 1/2 mi & 1/2 hour, red trail= 1 mile & 1 hour (this was the best for meeting the birds) & blue trail=1 & 1/2 mi & 1½ hour.

    November 15, 2011

  • Terri

    Ron I already said what time and where we will meet in the description of the meetup. We will meet where we always meet, at the trailhead.

    November 13, 2011

  • ron s.

    Lilly where and what time shall we meet.I suggest we meet at the BP gas station in Lake Mary ( next to the Home Depot) .

    November 12, 2011

  • Terri

    Theresa I put the link to the website in the description. I don't know exactly how many miles but we will walk the middle trail. It doesn't take that long.

    November 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many miles is this hike? How long is it expected to take?

    November 10, 2011

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