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Erin Ragheb of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aims to catch a Florida grasshopper sparrow as the sun rises over the Central Florida prairie. Photo by Amy Green

An Urgent Effort To Rescue A Tiny Sparrow From Extinction

An iPod chirps from a shrub as the sun rises over the central Florida prairie, sending pink rays over the saw palmetto and wiregrass. In the distance hardwood hammocks obscure the horizon. “When the light is like it is right now we call it the golden hour,” says Erin Ragheb of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. That’s why she works quickly.
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Dave Garrett holds lionfish by their heads, careful to avoid their 18 venomous spines. Photo by Amy Green

Lovely Lionfish Threaten To Gobble Up Florida Seafood Industry

With no predators and a never-ending appetite, the lionfish threatens Florida’s multi-billion-dollar seafood industry. This non-native fish has spread in Florida coastal waters at an unprecedented rate and is multiplying up the Atlantic coast. That’s why Floridians are cracking down on the lionfish and cooking it up.
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