Roger's Florida

Friday, January 22, 2010

Scrub Jay w/ an attitude

Today we found this elusive and endangered Scrub Jay at an undisclosed location in Deltona, Florida. Looks to us like he has an "attitude." Probably because we didn't have any peanuts with us. :>)

We are currently revising our original hiking Central Florida book, but this location was already in it. We're just updating it.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Florida's Name

Florida was first seen by the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon on Palm Sunday on April 2, 1513. He named it "Pascua de Florida", meaning "Feast of Flowers" and claimed it for Spain.

Just thought you'd like to know.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Global warming??

I hiked the Flagler Trail today near Oveida, Florida. Air temp was 35 degrees. But, the good news is that the sleet had stopped by late morning. It's going down to 25 degrees tonight in DeLand. And this photo of a very chilly Screech Owl seeking shelter in a garage comes to us from Susan Young of Deltona.

I think Al Gore has lost his momentum!! Global warming??? I don't think so! And neither does this owl.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

On an unusually frigid Florida Sunday 1/3/10, several of my good friends braved the cold weather to go on a wildlife/birding hike at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, Florida. Despite the cold we spotted several species of birds, and a good time was had by all.

I will be conducting these tours, hopefully in warmer weather, every Sunday from 2-4 pm throughout January. It's a free trip through Audubon, so stop out and join us.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Audubon birding tours - Free!

In conjunction with the West Volusia Audubon Society, I will be hosting wildlife tours of the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge each Sunday in January from 2-4 pm. Our tour depends on the group, but generally covers about 1.5 miles over 1.5 hours. We often see up to 25 species of birds and other wildlife on the tour. It is FREE to interested parties. No reservations needed; just show up at the end of Mud Lake Road in DeLeon Springs, FL. Lost, or questions, I'm at 386-956-6089 on my cell. Or contact me through my webpage at: