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The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail provides an excellent birdwatching destination, with a variety of habitat ranging from sandhill/scrub to wetlands adjacent to the Trail, and several species of birds, including Florida’s only endemic species, the Florida Scrub-Jay.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail was conceived to provide direct, immediate benefit to the Florida scrub-jay and its surrounding habitat, and to raise awareness of and involvement in the conservation of the species. In order to accomplish this, land must be cleared of exotic and invasive plant materials and re-planted with scrub oaks, shrubs and groundcovers, many of which are federally listed as threatened or endangered. Citizens and public agencies work in partnership to accomplish common goals.

This is the trailhead for a statewide, interconnected network
of scrub-jay habitat, ranging from the Lake Wales Ridge to the south to Ocala National Forest to the north; from Sarasota to the west and Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral to the east. These “pockets” of scrub-jay habitat are connected by corridors of restored habitat acquired by private landowners granting conservation easements; lands purchased by land acquisition programs; and public lands available in parks and open space.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail also provides fun and exciting educational experiences for adults and children alike. Visitors all become honorary “Scrub Scouts” as they head out on the Trail to experience the scrub-jay and the plants and other wildlife of the Florida scrub. The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, recently featured in the Birding Adventures TV program on Fox Sports Net, has proven to deliver a one-of-a-kind up close and personal birding encounter.

Admission to the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is free. Groups are encouraged to experience the Trail either by observing or participating in the restoration by planting trees and other scrub plants. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies work side-by-side with church groups, and garden clubs with one common cause – to save the Florida scrub-jay from extinction.

Visit our website at http://www.scrubjaytrail.org/ .

The mission of the Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium is to preserve the Florida Scrub-Jay and its habitat. Your support is very important to us and vital for continuing our mission. Thank you!

For a membership application, click here: http://www.scrubjaytrail.org/documents/membership_app.pdf

To donate: http://floridascrubjaytrail.ecrater.com/c/1492620/donate

Upcoming events (4+)

Scrub-Jay Trail Orientation

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

A free orientation is offered on the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This is an opportunity for newcomers to get oriented with the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Get to know the history of the bird, where it is, and where it is going if we do not protect and restore its habitat. See a family of Scrub-Jays and learn what kind of habitat they prefer to live in. These curious birds are on many "Life Lists" and people come from all over the world to see Florida's only endemic bird. Take an active or passive role in restoring their habitat as we walk, view, and dig into the ground and learn how to restore a section of the trail. This 3-hour introduction to the Florida Scrub-Jay is designed for the beginner to experienced birder.

For more information, please call[masked] or e-mail [masked].

BioBlitz Nature Walk

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

Butterfly Expert and Author to Lead Nature BioBlitz Series at
The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

Make plans now to attend Dr. Marc Minno's monthly BioBlitz nature walks and butterfly surveys on the following Saturdays (second Saturday of every month), 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

April 10
May 8
June 12
(July - no BioBlitz)
(August - private event)
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11

Join us as we enjoy a guided tour of B.B. Brown’s Gardens at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in search of butterflies and other hidden gems.

The 2-hour sessions are designed to increase our awareness of the natural world around us. By sharpening our powers of observation and interpretation, we will see nature in a new light by observing the things that are “hidden in plain sight.”

Butterfly surveys will allow us to track monarchs and other butterflies. We’ll learn what plants we should put in our gardens to attract butterflies and birds. Gopher Tortoises, wild edible plants, insects, both friend and foe, and native plants will all be carefully studied in the natural habitat of The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in Clermont, FL.

Location: 11490 Montevista Road, Clermont, FL

You must register in advance to confirm that space is available.

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$10 for Florida Scrub-Jay Trail members, $15 for non-members

Please note that we encourage everyone to join the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Meetup group; however, member benefits, including reduced registration fees, are only available to those who join the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail through Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Consortium.

Blissful Sunrise Yoga

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

Wake up with a beautiful sunrise yoga practice at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. Bring your mat and join us as Dianna leads us through calming, reflective poses that are suitable for any experience level.

Scrub-Jay Trailday

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

The 4th Saturday of each month from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. the Florida Scrub-Jay Trailblazers clear the way through another section of the trail. Once you have completed the orientation (1st Saturday of each month from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.) you are well on your way to becoming a Trailblazer. A continental type breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. followed by an upcoming activities schedule. Then we hit the trail to clear, mark, label plants, inventory, photograph, and observe the Florida scrub-jay.

For more information please call[masked] or e-mail [masked].

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Scrub-Jay Trailday

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