Speaking Sustainably–Saving North America’s Most Endangered Bird: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
The November lecture is “Saving North America’s Most Endangered Bird: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow” with experts from the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI). Presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS). The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow is one of the world’s most endangered birds and it resides exclusively in Central Florida. At last count, less than 100 males remain in the wild and the number of elusive females is unknown. In 2015, seven sparrows were put in the care of TCI researchers – the first to ever be reared in a captive setting. TCI is a partnership of Florida International University and the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation in Loxahatchee, Fla., where the sparrows are currently residing.
In this lecture, we will learn why captive breeding can be an essential conservation tool, and how we can prevent extinctions and buy time to develop recovery options while discovering fresh solutions through this comprehensive species-recovery program.
Date: November 30, 2016 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre | 16701 SW 72 Ave. , Miami, FL 33157
Event website: deeringestate.org