Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, Fla.

Florida Scrub-Jays Mate for Lifeopens IMAGE file

Florida Scrub-Jays Mate for Life

Saturday, Feb. 4 was the Third Annual opens in a new windowFlorida Scrub-Jay Festival at opens in a new windowOscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Fla., a one-day event with music, educational panels, vendors and guided walks to celebrate the Sunshine State’s unique bird. In my post about birding in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, I blogged about some of the opens in a new window cool things about the Florida Scrub-Jay. Pretty neat, aren’t they?

Enjoy these snapshots from the festival and hope you have a chance to visit Southwest Florida and meet one of our rarest residents.

Venice High School Zoology Club Displayed Florida Rat Snakesopens IMAGE file

Venice High School Zoology Club Displayed Florida Rat Snakes and Yes, You Could Pet Them

These Ornaments Were So Cute! Sales Supported the Florida Scrub-Jay Trailopens IMAGE file

These Ornaments Were So Cute! Sales Supported the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

A Cocoon? Spotted along a Trail at Oscar Scherer State Parkopens IMAGE file

A Cocoon? Spotted along a Trail at Oscar Scherer State Park

Ranger-Led Walks through Florida Scrub-Jay Habitat Were Offered throughout the Dayopens IMAGE file

Ranger-Led Walks through Florida Scrub-Jay Habitat Were Offered throughout the Day

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So Many Pretty Vistas at Oscar Scherer State Park

Florida Scrub-Jay Coming in for a Landing!

Florida Scrub-Jay Coming in for a Landing! Did You Know they Can Bury Up to 6,000 Acorns to Consume During the Winter?

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Author: Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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