An endangered grasshopper sparrow sits amid grasses at White Oak, a 10,000-acre conservation preserve north of Jacksonville, one of two captive breeding programs started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after sparrow numbers plummeted to less than 50 breeding pairs. A new disease is now threatening the birds and could spread to South Florida’s endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow.
An endangered grasshopper sparrow sits amid grasses at White Oak, a 10,000-acre conservation preserve north of Jacksonville, one of two captive breeding programs started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after sparrow numbers plummeted to less than 50 breeding pairs. A new disease is now threatening the birds and could spread to South Florida’s endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Courtesy of White Oak
An endangered grasshopper sparrow sits amid grasses at White Oak, a 10,000-acre conservation preserve north of Jacksonville, one of two captive breeding programs started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after sparrow numbers plummeted to less than 50 breeding pairs. A new disease is now threatening the birds and could spread to South Florida’s endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Courtesy of White Oak