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Following on our previous year’s work on ‘Effect of hydrologic restoration on the habitat of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (CSSS)’, we presented first year results at the Cape Sable seaside sparrow – fire planning workshop at Everglades National Park in December 2003. Later, with almost the same set of crews as in the previous year, we started field work in the first week of January and continued till May 26, 2004. Protocols for sampling topography and vegetation in 2004 were identical to the previous year. In the early season, we completed topographic surveys along two remaining transects, B and E (~16.5 km), and vegetation surveys along three transects, D, E and F (~10.8 km), leaving only the vegetation sampling on transects B and C to be completed in 2005. During April and May, vegetation sampling was completed at 230 census sites, making the total of 409 CSSS census sites for which we have complete vegetation data. We updated data sets from both 2003 and 2004, and analyzed them together using cluster analysis, ordination, weighted-averaging regression and analysis of variance, as we had in 2003. Additionally, we used logistic regression to examine the effect of vegetation structural parameters on the recent occurrence of CSSS. We also analyzed vegetation observations recorded by the sparrow census team in 1981 and annually between 1992 and 2004 to assess historical patterns of vegetation change in CSSS habitat.


A report from the South Florida Terrestrial Ecosystems Lab (SOFTEL).



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