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Birds, Bees and Butterflies

 Christy Linke, Chairman
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Plant City  33566-9301

Florida Scrub Jay
The Florida Scrub- Jay is an inquisitive and intelligent species, and is the only species of bird endemic to the U.S. state of Florida. It is remarkably tame and has been known to take food from human hands. The Florida Scrub-Jay is found only in Florida scrub habitat, an ecosystem found only in central Florida. Scrub habitat has dwindled over the past several decades as Florida has continued to develop. Environmental groups within the state are taking a stand in the preserving of the Scrub-Jay habitat through controlled burns and clearing large trees so as to increase the size of the scrub habitat. There have been attempts to change the state bird to the Florida Scrub-Jay due to the Northern Mockingbird is the state bird of several other states, while the scrub-jay is exclusive to Florida. The Florida Scrub-Jay was officially listed as a threatened state species in 1975 by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. However, environmentalists hope that current conservation efforts should help the species population to at least stabilize.
Tiger Creek Preserve Conservancy maintains and improves habitat for many threatened and endangered plants and animals in the country, including some that exist nowhere else on earth. For more information on Florida's Ancient Island visit The Tiger Creek Preserve.

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