Florida Scrub-Jay Necklace

Florida Scrub-Jay Necklace



4" L x 2.25" W (total)

Fossil palm wood and Arizona turquoise pendant.

  • Heavily oxidized to bring out the subtle texture of the metal.

  • Florida Scrub Jay silhouette on the back, heavily oxidized.

  • Bail will accommodate up to a 5mm chain/cord/necklace.

  • 20” flat link chain with hook & eye clasp.

  • Signed and dated on the back, stamped ".925".

This piece is part of a series of pendants representing endangered or threatened birds in the US.
I am starting the series off here in my native Florida, exploring the states extensive and varied bird population and how we interact, alter, and coexist within each other's world.

Conservation status: Endangered. As of the early 1990s, the total population was estimated at about 4,000 pairs, probably a reduction of more than 90% from original numbers. Loss of habitat has been the main problem. Prime Florida oak scrub is maintained by occasional fires, so fire prevention has added to the effect of ongoing development in squeezing out the jay's habitat.

Family: Crows, Magpies, Jays

Habitat: Florida scrublands. Its name is appropriate, for it lives only in Florida scrub, areas of short scrubby oaks growing on sandy soil. This habitat occurs mostly as isolated pockets, and the jays rarely wander away from their own little patch of scrub, making them extremely sedentary. This bird is noteworthy on several counts. It lives nowhere in the world except Florida, it has a complicated social system, it has been the subject of very detailed field studies, and it is threatened by loss of habitat. Formerly considered just a race of the scrub-jays found in the west, it is now classified as a full species. (https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/florida-scrub-jay.)

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