Technical difficulty   Easy

Time  2 hours 4 minutes

Coordinates 343

Uploaded March 27, 2014

Recorded March 2014

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near Bonaventure, Florida (United States)

This EEL managed area is made up of a few ecosystems. It is mainly an open scrub with a short marked trail system. There are a number of “fire breaks” which could be explored, but the day I was there they were just soft sand and not that comfortable to walk on. The small loop trail I believe was setup by Troop 362 as an Eagle Project (a sign along the trail seems to state that). I assume you can venture out on a few of the trails which crisscross the area. I did see a few songbirds and at least one Bald Eagle the day I visited. There are a few GEOCaches on the property if you’re into that. There are a number of Scrub Jays located in the sanctuary – please do not feed them as it can do them great harm. It seems in some areas of Brevard scrub jays are highly regarded and very well protected. These scrub jays are still living their free life; their only protection is their own fortitude to survive! As you can see it is a very short hike, but it was a nice hike. I only found one flower out there; wildflowers are harder to find, at least in 2013/2014. Pets are not allowed, so leave your furry friend home.
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  • lchamp May 18, 2014

    The Scrub Jays are rather plentiful and have obviously been fed by humans. I walked this trail with 2 others and the Jays landed on arms and heads...obviously looking for a handout. Lots of signs saying "don't feed the Jays"...I suspect that is incentive for some to feed the jays.

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    Tom Choma May 18, 2014

    I don't know much about scrub jays, but I suspect that their nature is to be friendly and social. They may have been spoiled by treats a little and that is a shame! It never ceases to amaze me that some scrub jay colonies are worshiped and protected (Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge is one such place), while others are left to the forage in a world which takes advantage of their social lifestyle. One such place is Wickham Park, the groups that live there (maybe gone at anytime) are totally ignored by the so called "protectors of scrub jays". I'm sure the feral cat population in the park loves to find a scrub jay family whenever it can!

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