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Startegic Habitat Conservation for Florida Scrub-Jays at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge


July 2009 - July 2011


This project involves the development of a management strategy for oak (Quercus spp.) scrub that will maximize the long-term demographic performance of Florida scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens). The project focuses on the Happy Creek Scrub Reserve Unit of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is an area with an ecological legacy of fire suppression. The objective of this project is to determine how creation of bare ground by plowing could supplement prescribed burning to help maintain better habitat conditions for Florida scrub-jays.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



  • H. PercivalPrincipal Investigator
  • Fred JohnsonCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • USGS


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey