North America's most endangered bird teeters on the edge of extinction, with perhaps as few as 10 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.
Without an aggressive captive breeding program, this songbird will disappear forever. As we breed sparrows and unravel the pathogens driving the species’ decline, we’ll buy time to develop long-term recovery options. Ultimately, the goal is to restore the sparrow to central Florida’s dry prairie.