One of the most underrated bird stories of the last few years, has been the rapid decline of the resident Florida subspecies of Grasshopper Sparrow. In 2017, that population reached a record low of 75 wild birds, and many thought it would fade into extinction much like Dusky Seaside Sparrow before it. But a working group of biologists and conservationists led by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida have stopped that decline. The foundation’s president Andrew Walker joins Nate Swick to talk about how they did it.
Also, congrats to the hummingbird heroes of the polar vortex, and some thoughts on “seen anything good?”.
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