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Park Rangers to host Florida Scrub-jay hike

RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2014

TAVARES – The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting citizens to learn about Florida's only endemic bird species, the Florida Scrub-jay, during a hike from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Pine Forest Park, 32520 State Road 44 in DeLand.

The free event will educate participants on Florida Scrub-jays, which are found nowhere else in the world besides Florida. The Scrub-jay is a prize sighting for visiting bird watchers and Lake County is one of the state’s ideal locations for spotting them. 

The species is found only in a limited number of areas in the state that have dry, sandy soil with scrub oak trees.

Pine Forest Park features a 28-acre Florida Scrub-Jay Management Area, one of the most biologically diverse plant ecosystems in the county's park system. The 2-mile hiking trail loops through the restoration area and ponds gives visitors a unique view of the numerous native plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds that make use of this park. Park species highlights include River Otter, Soft-Shelled Turtle, Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly and Loggerhead Shrike. 

For more information about upcoming events and to register for this hike, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov 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.


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