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2004 Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Report
Stuart L. Pimm, Clinton Jenkins & Oron L. Bass, Jr.

A Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

NPS 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.

This CESI-funded project continues the long-term monitoring of the sparrow population in south Florida. The investigation provides not only an estimated population size following the 2004 breeding season, but also provides insight into the roles of water management, prescribed burning, and vegetation changes in maintaining sparrow habitat.


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Curnutt, J. L., S. L. Pimm and B. A. Maurer. 1996. Population variability of sparrows in space and time. Oikos 76:131–144.

Curnutt, J. L., A. L. Mayer, T. M. Brooks, L. L. Manne, 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 1:11–20.

Nott, M. P., O. L. Bass, Jr., D. M. Fleming, S. E. Killeffer, N. Fraley, L. Manne, 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 1:21–29.

Mayer, A. L. and S. L. Pimm. 1998. Integrating endangered species protection and ecosystem management: the Cape Sable seaside-sparrow as a case study. In Conservation in a Changing World, eds. G. M. Mace, A. Balmford, and J. R. Ginsberg. Cambridge University Press.

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.

Pimm, S. L. and O. L. Bass, Jr. 2002. Range-wide 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.

Jenkins, Clinton 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, Clinton 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


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Last updated: June 4, 2021

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