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Florida scrub-jays in Palm Bay to get new lease on life

News Release

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The public is invited to an informative meeting in Palm Bay on Friday evening, Dec. 14, to learn about a conservation project that may give some threatened Florida scrub-jays a new lease on life.

The meeting is 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, at Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road NW, Palm Bay and will be presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Brevard Zoo. Comments and questions from the public are also encouraged.

The project involves catching and moving a few scrub-jay families that use property slated for future development in Palm Bay neighborhoods. Right now, these birds’ habitat is in poor condition and will eventually be destroyed. However,moving, or translocating, them in family groups will give them a better chance to thrive, reproduce and contribute to the future scrub-jay population in Florida.

Biologists hope to capture the imperiled birds and move them, as family groups, to protected and properly managed scrub-jay habitat in the Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County.

Biologists from Brevard Zoo, USFWS and FWC will give short presentations about an upcoming Florida scrub-jay conservation project in Palm Bay. After the presentations, the presenters want to hear people’s thoughts about it and answer their questions.

For more information, contact the FWC’s Northeast Regional Office at 352-732-1225.

FWC Facts:
Florida's official state butterfly, the zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) lives in hammocks, swamps & forests, sleeps in groups and returns to the same roost nightly.

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