Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Lyonia Environmental Center, Volusia County
The 5th annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival returns to central Florida on February 8, 2014 at Lyonia Environmental Center in Volusia County. The adjacent Lyonia Preserve harbors the county’s largest remaining scrub-jay population.
The Florida Scrub-Jay Festival celebrates the only bird species unique to Florida as well as the scrub-jay’s unique and interesting habitat. The Florida scrub-jay currently is federally listed as a threatened species. Scrub-jays are bold, curious, charismatic and true Florida natives.
Scrub-jay populations are thought to have declined by as much as 90 percent since the late 1800s due to habitat loss from development and agriculture. More recently, scrub-jays have continued to decline even on protected lands due to inadequate habitat management. Historically, periodic wildfires maintained the shrubby, open habitat that scrub-jays need to survive. Now scrub-jays and other plants and animals rely on agencies like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to use prescribed fire and other methods to maintain the shrubby habitat they need.
The 2014 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will include guided walks, rides around Lyonia Preserve, kids’ activities, entertainment, a keynote presentation, and a Scrub-Jay Q&A with a panel of experts.
As the date approaches, you will find more information at the environmental center's website.
The Florida Scrub-Jay Festival moves around the state from year to year. The Florida Scrub-Jay Festival is a collaborative effort of multiple conservation partners, including the FWC.