Scrub Jay Habitat Environmental Education Programs
Kathy is heading a group of volunteer members to survey the Scrub Jay
habitat behind the Edgewater YMCA for use as a field trip opportunity
for local schools. They identified and tagged trees and plants
and discussed best ways for presenting the information to elementary
and middle school students. This is a first step in what we hope
will become a valuable resource for schools in environmental education.
Perhaps the City of Edgewater will be encouraged to restore the scrub
jay habitat. If you are interested in helping, please contact
They hosted the first educational program on April 29th for a local boy
scout troop. There were about 15 scouts and a
half dozen adults in attendance. Tour leaders were Kathy, Nancy,
Dot, and Gail. The program was well received. The leaders
expressed their appreciation for the excellent program.
NSB Myrtle Avenue Park
On Tuesday, 22 Jan 08, several of us met with members of the NSB
Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and Lindley’s Nursery at
the park at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Canal Street. The
purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm ideas for developing some type
of ecological area at the park. The city is rebuilding Canal
Street on the West side of U.S. 1 to the intersection of Myrtle
Avenue. The CRA members wanted to include the park in the
rebuilding scheme. We agreed to spearhead the project and get
other groups involved. We have had several meetings since
then. So far, the NSB Middle School science club is eager to
participate and we have leads to FFA groups, scouts and others.
This will involve planning this spring with planting and long
term maintenance starting in the Fall. Contact Don or Ken if you
are interested in helping.
the last two seasons, the students have continued to study the types of
plants to be used and have met with city employees such as Liz Yancey,
Parks and Rec Director and Noeleen Foster of the City Redevelopment
Authority, who originally contacted us about the project. At the
end of the 2008-2009 school year, they met with Ray Jarrett of the
State of Fl DEP and got more info on the plants that would be
most suitable for the garden. They also received permission to
use the school's greenhouse to grow starter plants.
As we start the 2009-2010 school year, the students are ready to start planting.
Longleaf Pine Preserve Bird Surveys
County naturalist, Bonnie Cary, asked us if the club would be
interested in helping to inventory the bird life at the park. We
agreed that it would be a good idea if we could get sufficient
volunteers. The county has bought thousands of acres of lands to keep
them in preserves. It is useful to use them as natural areas and
show our appreciation to the county for the purchases and management of
them. Six of us participated in the first survey on March 14th.
We, and the West Volusia folks who were conducting a birding tour on
the same day, found 45 species. As of the last survey of the Spring, we counted 61 species. Check here for the final report.