Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

July 30, 2012

Have You Met The Grasshopper Sparrow?

Probably not, because this tiny bird that is found
nowhere else on earth, except the Everglades,   
A Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
A Grasshopper Sparrow
is having a really hard time, just stayin' alive!
The usual factors contributing to the demise
of the Grasshopper Sparrow, are loss of habitat
and intrusion by humans, in addition to fire ants and
flooding from the water pouring into the Everglades.
This sweet song of this very tiny, most common species
of bird, is what makes it so unique in the bird world.
Its song imitates the grasshopper's sound and so bring
females to it by deception.
So, if it wasn't bad enough with all that this bird in distress has going against it,
now people are complaining that the Everglades is having its water source "wasted"
because some of it is being diverted out to sea by FWS, to keep the nests of the birds
ancestral homes from being flooded out.
The bird did not ask for any of this, but it is being blamed none the less.
Can we at least be fair here?
The amount of water being "wasted" on this critically Endangered bird,
can not begin to compare with the amount that is being "truly wasted"
by some of the greedy humans of South Florida!

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