Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre joint project of Volusia County Government and the Volusia County School Board to restore and maintain scrub habitat. Since 1994, restoration efforts have removed overgrown sand pines and opened up the understory, creating the characteristic bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by scrub species.
The preserve is adjacent to Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Lyonia Preserve is a great place to see one of Volusia County's protected species, the Florida scrub jay, in its natural habitat.
Juvenile scrub jays, born between March and June, have gray feathers on their heads. When they are about 6 months old, juveniles change into the adult plumage. At this time the gray feathers on their heads are replaced by blue feathers.
Male and female scrub jays cannot be distinguished by their plumage.
Volunteers from Florida Audubon Jay Watch Program count scrub jays in Lyonia Preserve on a monthly basis. Click here for more information about the Jay Watch Program.
For more information about the Florida scrub jay, click here.