Long-term Florida Scrub-Jay Project

Long-term Florida Scrub-Jay Project

Long-term population ecology of the Florida Scrub-Jay

We have intensively studied Florida Scrub-Jays at Archbold for 54 years, tracking individual life histories of over 6000 birds! This gives us an unparalleled window into how habitat structure, fire, and climate change drive the biology of these federally threatened, cooperatively breeding birds. Come be a part of our team! Write to us if you would like to intern, volunteer, or do graduate research with us!

Major Findings & Impact

The Florida Scrub-Jay project is one of the longest running continuous studies of any bird in the world. It features in many biology textbooks on sociobiology in birds and how animals utilize and thrive in habitats that regularly burn. Over the last five decades, scrub-jays have become a flagship for the conservation of the dwindling oak-scrub habitats throughout the state.

Project Details

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Data and Analysis Types

Annual scrub-jay group territory maps, monthly group censuses, group composition, individual reproductive success, annual fire maps and acorn counts

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station, Lake Wales Ridge

Years Active


Long-term Florida Scrub-Jay Project

Featured Publications

"Can we possibly still learn new things about Florida Scrub-Jays after 50 years of study and hundreds of publications? This is the most common question we receive about our work, and the answer is a resounding YES."


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Science Foundation