GROVELAND – Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree that could serve as a future home to baby Florida Scrub-jays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25 at Lake Thomas Cove Park, 3020 Thomas Cove Drive, Groveland.
The Florida Scrub-jay is a state-listed threatened species due to loss of scrub oak habitats. Large colonies of the jays are known in only four areas of the state - with the largest in the Ocala National Forest, located in northeast Lake County.
The species is found only in Florida and is limited to a number of small areas in the state that have dry, sandy soil with scrub oak trees. For touring bird watchers, this one endemic species is often the top reason to visit the Lake County area.
National Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April. Founded in 1972, The Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million supporters.
For more information about upcoming events and to register for the scrub oak planting, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. To view updates about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.