Florida Scrub Jay Hike at Cruickshank Sanctuary
February 3, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am$20.00
Meet at the Helen & Alan Cruickshank Sanctuary, 360 Barnes Blvd, Rockledge, FL. There are no restrooms at the site.
The Helen and Alan Cruickshank Sanctuary in Rockledge is considered to be one of the best EEL Sanctuary properties to observe Florida Scrub-Jays, a threatened species that is Florida’s only endemic bird. When the environment meets their needs, Florida Scrub-Jays will spend their entire lives on the same lands. The Cruickshank Sanctuary is located on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, a sandy relic maritime dune line that extends along the Florida East Coast from Jacksonville down to Miami. Patches of oak, sand pine scrub, and freshwater depression marshes add to the Sanctuary’s diversity. Since the EEL Program began land management at the 168-acre Sanctuary, the Florida Scrub Jay population has increased from a few visiting birds to established colonies today; approximately 22 birds in 5 separate families. Gopher Tortoises, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Scrub Lizards and other species requiring scrub habitat are often observed in the Sanctuary. (Be sure to wear a hat, closed toe shoes, bring water, and sunscreen).