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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



The Trail during Lake County Birding Festival

OCTOBER 14-16, 2016


5th Annual Wings and Wildflower Festival

Lake County's Wings & Wildflowers Festival (home page)

Insider Tour Of The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail
Cathy and Bruce Brown
Friday & Sunday: October 14 & 16: 8:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-4:00pm

What started as an orange grove is now home for Florida's only endemic bird species, the treasured Florida Scrub-Jay. During this 20 year transition from grove to preserve, the Trailhead became the home to over 125 species of birds along with wildlife such as gopher tortoises and bobcats to name a few.
Witness the planned and the unplanned evidence of restoring habitat for this threatened species in such a diverse habitat.
The star of the show is the Florida Scrub-Jay, a beautiful and often frisky bird that has lived here for 20 years that we have witnessed. There are no guarantees you will spot one, but birders from around the globe have given it a try, and most have gone home with that special entry on their life list.
Cost: Free
Register here with this Wings and Wildflower link.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail Tour
Birding with John Thomton
Saturday, October 15: 7:00am-9:00am and 9:15am-11:00am

Being a life-long birder, John captivates all who have the good fortune of being on one of his tours.
John has been an avid birder since his High School days in Chicago and now maintains the bird list at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, identifying over 125 species to date. This diverse habitat ranges from upland sandhill/scrub to lakefront and marsh communities, offering the opportunity to identify birds from the Florida scrub-jays to snowy egrets.
Whether you are an expert birder or a weekend bird watcher, John will provide you with incredible insight into the fascinating world of the wild birds of Lake County.
Cost: Free
Register here with this Wings and Wildflower link.

The Secret Lives of Monarchs
Jana Harris
Saturday, October 15: 9:00am-4:00pm

Join Jana Harris for a fascinating and educational journey into the secret lives of the Monarch.
Jana maintains the Butterfly Gardens at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and works closely with the University of Kansas who founded Monarch Watch, a national program committed to helping bring back the Monarch.
Jana will guide you through the Monarch's life cycle from egg to adult, giving you instructions on how you can raise Monarch's at home. Raising and releasing butterflies at home is a great educational program for children and adults offering a fascinating family outing when you release the butterflies.
If you can catch a Monarch while you are here. Jana will show you how to tag your very own butterfly and track how it travels to Mexico and back to the U.S again the next season. Children and adults love this program!
Cost: Free
Register here with this Wings and Wildflower link.

Bioblitz with Dr.Marc Minno
Saturday, October 15: 10:00am-2:00pm

Bi-o-blitz (bi'-o-blitz) n
1. A gathering of people interested in studying the natural world, led by a knowledgeable mentor.
2. An in-depth study of birds, butterflies, plants, moths, insects and reptiles presented in 5-4 hour classes throughout the year, led by noted biologist and author Dr. Marc Minno.
Today you can get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of this popular field course with Dr. Minno.
Dr. Marc Minno draws on 24 years experience as an interdisciplinary scientist, ecologist, and author of six books and 90 scientific articles.
Beginning with an ongoing butterfly survey this four-hour field course will wind through upland and wetland trails through B.B.Brown's Gardens at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail with a lunch break under the oaks. This field course also touches on topics such as reptiles, dragonflies, wildflowers, Monarchs, and amphibians.
Cost: $10.00
Register here with this Wings and Wildflower link.

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