FLORIDA SCRUB JAYS
The Florida scrub jay is one of only a handful of species of birds that are native to Florida.
Government agencies are trying to preserve habitat in the face of declining scrub jay population. They are protected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service.
THE FLORIDA SCRUB JAY
SCRUB JAY MAP
WHAT MAKES THE SCRUB JAY
The Florida scrub jay can only exist in a habitat that consists of scrub. Scrub vegetation, most predominantly several types of oaks and pine trees, exists where there is occasional wildfire and periods of drought, combined with well drained sandy soil.
This type of environment is found throughout the state in an area generally south of Levy County and extends to reach both the east and west coasts.
Scrub jays are non-migratory and protect their nesting territory. The biggest threat to the scrub jay is encroaching development that reduces their habitat.
HOW DO SCRUB JAYS
AFFECT REAL ESTATE?
In my service area, protected scrub jay zones can affect real estate in the area of North Port, parts of Englewood and Rotonda, and Port Charlotte. It is most commonly an issue when looking to develop vacant land for single family or commercial use.
The presence of scrub jay habitat on a parcel of land as determined by the US Fish and Wildlife Service does not necessarily prevent an owner from building, but plans must be approved to maintain existing scrub habitat.