North America's most endangered bird teeters on the edge of extinction, with perhaps as few as 20 pairs left in the wild. This ground-nesting songbird, endemic to central Florida's dry prairie, is a sentinel species for an ecosystem in peril. Habitat conversion, climate change, fire ants, environmental contaminants and disease have driven the sparrow's collapse over the past two decades.
Many grassland-dwelling species are imperiled within the central Florida grassland system. Understanding processes such as emergent wildlife disease which drive avian declines is fundamental in conserving critically endangered species like the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow and in proposing effective recovery measures.
To find more information on this program, visit the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation.