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The TODAY Show at Archbold

Kerry Sanders, Dr. John Fitzpatrick, and Dr. Hilary Swain on the TODAY show.
Note: Everybody maintained safe social distance and wore masks while off camera.

On March 29, NBC Today Show’s Kerry Sanders broadcasted live from Archbold Biological Station. Joined by Archbold Board member Dr. John Fitzpatrick and Executive Director Dr. Hilary Swain, Sanders checked in live with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb Monday morning to cover the weekend’s ‘March Madness’, then later spent the day filming a piece that will air on The Today Show mid-April (likely April 12-stay tuned). Sanders was on a mission to observe the charismatic Florida Scrub-Jay at Archbold. One friendly bird took quite a liking to Kerry as the reporter learned how scientists have been studying the scrub-jay population at Archbold for over 50 years. Kerry learned how jays are dependent on low and open scrub habitat and are the only species of bird found only in Florida. The story will highlight how the Florida Scrub-Jay's threatened status means we must work hard to protect and preserve habitats like the Florida scrub that support this iconic species, and so many others. Habitat loss is the primary threat to Florida Scrub-Jays together with habitat fragmentation. The loss of intervening scrub habitat that once provided connectivity is leaving jay subpopulations isolated and living on disconnected ‘islands’ of scrub. Florida Scrub-Jays, and other wildlife dependent on the Florida scrub, require connectivity among public and private conservation lands. Be sure to watch Kerry Sanders on Today with John Fitzpatrick and Hilary Swain this April! Follow Archbold’s social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) for more details. And remember, help protect the future of wild Florida by protecting wildlife corridors: networks of functionally connected lands and waters.