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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "Saving North America's Most Endangered Bird: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow"

MIAMI (November 10, 2016)

The "Speaking Sustainably" lecture series, presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and hosted by the Deering Estate, offers an opportunity to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. The lecture on Wednesday, November 30th is "Saving North America’s Most Endangered Bird: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow," presented by experts from the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI). Lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate and are free and open to the public.

About the lecture
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.

About FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society
By bringing together the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the School of Environment, Arts and Society(SEAS) at Florida International University (FIU) is transforming the way we conduct research, educate students and engage the community. Because the world's environmental challenges are multi-dimensional, the school's revolutionary approach to a full spectrum education will ensure our students become innovative leaders of the 21st century. SEAS includes three signature departments: Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. The school also houses many of FIU's prominent centers and programs.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided Historic House tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!