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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
Environment

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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