The Jonathan Dickinson State Park Florida Scrub Jay walk meets less than 1/4 mile from the park entrance, along the road to the Pine Grove Campground. We will take a once well-paved road, that is now for foot and bicycle traffic only. The walk is between 1/4 and 1/2 mile in length, on gently rolling, open scrub terrain. There is no water or restrooms right there, and the walk can get hot quickly – even in January.
The path is a well-documented spot where scrub jays have congregated for years, and the federally-threatened birds are seen on most outings – but not guaranteed, they are wild animals.
Trip Leader Jim Howe will also accentuate the Florida scrub ecosystem itself, how fire is essential, pointing out gopher tortoise burrows, and unique plants found only there, etc.
Any lightning close enough to hear thunder will cause immediate cancellation of the tour.
NOTE: Be aware that Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a fee area. Please call 772-546-2771 for updates on park fees.