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Check out scrub-jays, learn about habitat

VENUS- Reed Bowman, avian ecology program director, will lead the public on a walking tour through scrub-jay habitat at Archbold Biological Station Saturday, explaining the behavior and habitat conditions affecting the survival of the blue-and-gray bird.

Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m.,followed by the one-hour walking tour at 9. A suggested donation for the tour is $5 per person.

"Join us for an early morning stroll in the scrub.home to Florida's only native bird-the Florida scrub-jay," Bowman said. "See the jays up-close and learn why they are the canaries in the coal mine for the health of scrub and the many ways in which their lives are a 'reality show' a lot like our own."

The public is invited to explore the other trails, weather permitting, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the scrub.

Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of S.R. 70 on Old SR 8.

Go to www.archbold-station.org or call 863-465-2571.