FWC: Research Being Done to Protect and Conserve the Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

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biologists work hard to slow decline by identifying limiting factors

WATCH: The Florida grasshopper sparrow is at the brink of extinction. At Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County in central Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is researching the sparrow with the goal of reversing its decline. (FWC video)

(FWC) – The Florida grasshopper sparrow is at the brink of extinction. At Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County in central Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is researching the sparrow with the goal of reversing its decline.

The Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is a fascinating grassland bird found only in the dry prairies of south-central Florida.

This non-migratory subspecies is critically endangered as a result of range-wide habitat loss, restricted distribution and population decline.

Its secretive behavior makes this bird a challenge for biologists and land managers who work hard to slow its decline by identifying limiting factors and implementing management actions.

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