Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

Florida Scrub-Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay. Photo courtesy of www.scrubjaytrail.org.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is the trailhead for a statewide, interconnected network of scrub-jay habitat, ranging from the Lake Wales Ridge to the south up to the Ocala National Forest to the north; and 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 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 the conservation of the species, the organization works in partnership with public and private entities to clear the land of exotic and invasive plant materials and re-plant scrub oaks, shrubs and groundcovers, many of which are federally listed as threatened or endangered.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail also provides fun and exciting educational experiences for youth and adult groups, and encourages observation and participation in the restoration activities by planting trees and other scrub plants.

For more information about the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, call (352) 429-5566, email info@scrubjaytrail.org or visit www.scrubjaytrail.org.