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After opening the aviary, researchers monitor the Florida grasshopper sparrows from 100 meters away. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Critically Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows Take First Steps, Flaps Into The Wild


Fewer than 80 Florida grasshopper sparrows remain on the Central Florida prairie. Now to boost their population researchers for the first time are releasing captive-bred sparrows in the wild. 90.7’s environmental reporter Amy Green joined Juan Oteyza and Becky Schneider of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as they released some of the latest sparrows.
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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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