Chelsea's Cruickshank Cousins LbNA # 64695
|Placed Date||May 27 2013|
|Location||Cruickshank Sanctuary, Rockledge, FL|
Welcome to Cruickshank Sanctuary, a little natural wonder in the disappearing wild lands of Rockledge managed by the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EELs) Program of Brevard County. Cruickshank Sanctuary is located off Barnes Boulevard on the north side of the road, between U.S.1 and Murrell Road. The Sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk and there is a small parking area out front. There are marked kiosks and trails, but no restrooms or water so make sure to bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Also, most of the trail is sand, so be sure to wear good walking shoes. The best feature of the park of course, is the chance to encounter Florida's Endangered Scrub Jays. Please note that the Jays are protected and it is illegal to feed or otherwise contact the birds in any way (the old adage is true when Momma said "Look, but don't touch!"). Also look for Gopher Tortoises, hawks, turtles and an array of cool flowers and plants. Your quest begins on the marked trail to your left. Cross over the bridge and follow the winding path until you reach a big firebreak road. Follow the brown arrow left down the fire break to another path to your right. Follow the path to a brown sign erected by scouts named after our National bird. Two trees lie to the right of this sign. Your treasure is buried to the right of the second tree which is a traditional, native Christmas plant.