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    Everglades

    National Park Florida

CESI Monitoring Project 97-8

 

Sparrow in the Grass: A Report on the First Ten Years of Research on the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis)
Stuart L. Pimm, Julie L. Lockwood, Clinton N. Jenkins, John L. Curnutt,
M. Phillip Nott, Robert D. Powell & Oron L. Bass Jr.

 
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
National Park Service Photo by Lori Oberhofer
 

The endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow is one of South Florida's most imperiled species. The range of the diminutive bird is found almost entirely within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. Because sparrows construct their nests near the ground, the artificial manipulation of water in these areas can have significant implications for breeding populations.

As Everglades restoration moves forward, the health of sparrow populations can serve as a relative indicator of success. Proper management decisions rely upon the best science possible. Over the years, CESI has funded several intensive studies on the natural history and status of the sparrow. This project documents some of the most exhaustive research ever conducted on the species.

 
 

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Project Fact Sheet
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Final Report
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RELATED PUBLICATIONS

 

Curnutt, J.L., A.L. Mayer, T.M. Brooks, L. Mannel, O.L. Bass, Jr., D.M. Fleming, M.P. Nott and S.L. Pimm. 1998. Population dynamics of the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Animal Conservation 1:11-21.

Jenkins, C.N., R.D. Powell, O.L. Bass, Jr. and S.L. Pimm. 2003. Demonstrating the destruction of the habitat of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis). Animal Conservation 6:29-38.

Jenkins, C.N., R.D. Powell, O.L. Bass, Jr. and S.L. Pimm. 2003. Why sparrow distributions do not match model predictions. Animal Conservation 6:39-46.

Lockwood, J.L., K.H. Fenn, J.M. Caudill, D. Okines, O.L. Bass, Jr., J.R. Duncan and S.L. Pimm. 2001. The implications of Cape Sable seaside sparrow demography for Everglades restoration. Animal Conservation 4:275-281.

Nott, M.P., O.L. Bass, Jr., D.M. Fleming, S.E. Killeffer, N. Fraleyl, L. Mannel, J.L. Curnutt, T.M. Brooks, R. Powell and S.L. Pimm. 1998. Water levels, rapid vegetational changes, and the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Animal Conservation 1:23-32.

Pimm, S.L. and O.L. Bass, Jr. 2002. Rangewide risks to large populations: the Cape Sable sparrow as a case history. Pages 406-424 in S. R. Beissinger and D. L. McCullough (eds). Population Viability Analysis. The University of Chicago Press.

 
 
 

Contact the principal investigator directly with questions about this study.

Did You Know?

Full Moon

National Parks are some of the few places in this country where people can experience a night sky in all its magnificence, without the interference of artificial lights. In fact, a night sky monitoring program is being implemented in the National Park System to inventory light pollution.