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Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

The Lyonia Preserve is a relatively new wildlife ecological preserve established to develop a restored scrub preserve in Volusia County north of Orlando, Florida. I first learned of the preserve when visiting the Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet a few days earlier.

My main reason for visiting the Lyonia Preserve today was to photograph some of the many Florida Scrub Jays that now call the preserve their home. I wasn’t disappointed. The county and school groups have re-established a wonderful scrub habitat and ecosystem. An interesting series of three looped trails allows individuals to walk through the preserve without disturbing the environment. The trails are wide and obvious so no problem with losing one’s way although one signpost caught my attention and made me smile. The footing is a soft fine grained sand but footing is generally stable but not solid enough for wheelchairs. Strategically located benches provide spots to sit and watch the world unfold. There are only limited areas with any sort of shade so, on a hot day, taking a bottle of water along would be advisable. Since I was short on time, I did all three trails at a very brisk pace but a more leisurely pace would be highly recommended.

Trail in Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

Trail in Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

Directional sign (arrows) at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Florida

The Florida Scrub Jays, that I encountered in the preserve, were going about their business of finding acorns and then burying them and then digging them up and moving them to another location. This was the first time that I had seen such behaviour in a bird species and I was intrigued. A bit like seeing a confused squirrel with wings.

Florida Scrub Jay with acorn at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Flroida

Florida Scrub Jay at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

Florida Scrub Jay at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

Florida Scrub Jay at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida

Florida Scrub Jay with acorn at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Flroida

By Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron

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