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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:24PM

Setting sights on scrub jays

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It made a lot of sense when Steve Freedman emailed those attending Venice Area Birding Association’s South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve field trip and told them it was delayed one hour. The previous day saw temperatures in the morning of 35 degrees. That’s cold! We are not used to those frigid temperatures here in Southwest Florida. But nothing, not even temps in the 30s, keep us away from an anticipated birding trip — it was still windy and cold even with the hour delay in departure time. Folks were bundled with hats and layers of clothing, and some even had gloves. I had no gloves, as it would be difficult adjusting binoculars and snapping the camera with gloves.

Nancy Edmondson was leading this special trip to SVLBP. She is one of the most knowledgeable people I know regarding the Florida scrub jay and its habitat. Nancy is an Environmental Specialist for Sarasota County Natural Resources. For several years, I did the scrub jay survey with Nancy and also with Steve. Nancy is extremely dedicated. Protecting the environment and the preserves in the area is serious business. It means a lot to her.

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