|Scrub Habitat with perching Florida Scrub Jay|
This habitat is especially important because it is the only place the endangered Florida Scrub Jay lives. Preserving the scrub habitat is very important because the Scrub Jays are very picky about where they live. They do not nest in forests or places with trees because these places contain predators. They prefer their scrub habitat to be 20 to 30% sand so they can easily spot snakes and other ground predators. They live in families from five to seven birds, and they group together. They are very curious, and they always make sure there is a sentinel on duty. This means one bird is always on the lookout for predators, and they even have special calls to identify if the danger is on ground or in the air.
|Florida Scrub Jay on lookout duty|
It is important to stay aware of development issues and raise awareness so this rare Jay can have a better chance of survival. We also learned that Scrub Jays do not fly very far; they only fly about 2 to 3 miles, so it is very unlikely they will ever leave their habitat in Oscar Scherer or elsewhere, in order to find a new home. They will just disappear.
|A good look at the blue patches on the breast.|