As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Feds won't try captive breeding of grasshopper sparrow for now

Federal authorities have backed away for now from capturing and trying to breed the Florida grasshopper sparrow, thought to be the most endangered bird in North America.

The decision comes after disagreement between prominent biologists who have urged captive breeding of the sparrow and state officials who opposed it. The 5-inch-long birds live exclusively in Central Florida, primarily in Osceola County.

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