Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
CESI Monitoring Project 97-8
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.
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?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.