A type of sparrow that lives only in Florida has mysteriously plunged in number so dramatically that scientists fear it will vanish forever well before the end of this decade. Florida grasshopper sparrows, which inhabit grasslands in the state's interior south of Orlando, have been listed as endangered for the past 26 years. But the furtive birds have all but disappeared in recent years from one of their last three prairie refuges and, in what has become a wildlife emergency, may now total fewer than 200. More <http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-07-22/news/os-florida-sparrow-extinction-bound-20120722_1_dusky-seaside-sparrow-grasshopper-sparrows-extinction-vortex?pagewanted=all>

Marc D. Lund
St Louis County

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