Scrub and Scrub Jays: A Trip Through Seminole State Forest with Florida Scrub Jay Biologist - Ralph Risch
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Florida scrub jay biologist Ralph Risch will lead a Friends of the Wekiva River field trip through the
Seminole State Forest at 8:30 a.m. February 20. Seminole State Forest in northeast Lake County is home
to Florida’s only endemic bird, the Florida scrub jay. Learn about the Florida scrub and the scrub jay on
this driving and hiking field trip to view rare and unique plant locations with stops to visit several scrub
jay territories. Risch also will share his vast knowledge of birds, other wildlife and plants and their
habitats throughout the forest as well as the need for controlled burns and the protection of forest
habitats. Meet at the Bear Pound parking area, north of State Road 46. Bring a camera, binoculars, and
field guides. Pack a lunch for the end of the field trip. Wear closed-toed shoes, no sandals or flip-flops.
The state entry fee is $2. This trip is limited to 16 people. A waiting list will be taken. The hiking on this
trip is classified as easy. Call 407-341-9025 for reservations and more information.
Hiking Pristine Ecosystems
Just a few miles away from downtown Orlando, there are outdoor recreation
opportunities that will take you into the middle of a Florida wilderness that looks like it did 500
years ago. Carefully planned within Wekiwa Springs State Park and Seminole State Forest are
hiking trails that allow a long, inspirational immersion into relatively pristine habitats within the
Wekiva River basin.
Now somewhat renowned across the state for its relatively high black bear population, these two
conservation lands are part of an ecological corridor that stretches to the Ocala National Forest.
75,000 acres of state lands and dozens of miles of trails provide an opportunity for all kinds of
wilderness-oriented recreation experiences: equestrian, off road cycling, hiking, birdwatching,
camping, canoeing and kayaking. Read more.
Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.
YEAR END SUMMARY
WINTER IN FLORIDA — Late January 2016 Edition
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS — December 2015 Edition
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT — November 2015 Edition
FALL IN FLORIDA — October 2015 Edition
SUMMER RAINS AND WETLAND HYDROLOGY — September 2015 Edition
COYOTES IN THE WEKIVA BASIN — August 2015 Edition
ADAPTABLE SPECIES — Late July 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: LANDSCAPE LEVEL INFLUENCES — Late June 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: HABITAT INFLUENCES — Early May 2015 Edition
WEKIVA BASIN SWAMPS — Early April 2015 Edition
SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March Edition