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Tiny Sparrow, Huge Deal | Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury | Artists for Conservation 2018Tiny Sparrow, Huge Deal | Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury | Artists for Conservation 2018
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Tiny Sparrow, Huge Deal

Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury
Dimensions:
12.00" H x 7.00" W x 9.00" D
Medium:
Stone
Year Completed:
2018
Subject(s):
Grasshopper Sparrow
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SOLD
N/A (artwork not for sale)
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The tiny Grasshopper Sparrow is about 4 ½ inches long from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail, and fits in the palm of your hand. It eats grasshoppers and must shake off the large jumping legs in order to fit them in its tummy. Their trilling call is reminiscent of the buzz of a grasshopper. The Florida subspecies of the Grasshopper Sparrow is the most endangered bird in North America. Female sparrows from captive-breeding programs abandon the eggs they have laid in their nests. Biologists are struggling to hatch these eggs in lab incubators. The wild sparrow population is crashing so there are few sparrows for the new females to learn from. Larger predators, army ants, and intestinal parasites kill chicks in their nests. Grasshopper Sparrows are ground-nesters and severe storms in the Florida dry prairie where they live repeatedly flood their nests after eggs are laid. I wish we humans could abandon our culture of over-consumption and embrace a culture of environmental stewardship and conservation before we lose more precious wildlife. There are so many people it seems like we should be able to reverse our course of doom.

 

 

Tiny Sparrow, Huge Deal | Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury | Artists for Conservation 2018, Tiny Sparrow, Huge Deal | Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury | Artists for Conservation 2018