1995: A Long-Hydroperiod Year
The satellite image, at right, shows the effects of an extremely wet year on available
breeding sites for the sparrow. To the west of Shark River Slough, the entire area is covered
with water signified by the blue in the image to the left. There was some available habitat in the Taylor
Slough area that was not inundated - indicated by the yellow areas of the satellite image.
The years 1993 to 1996 provided very little opportunity for the sparrow to breed in the
Western sub-population and was very similar to the wet years of mid-1980's
as seen in the hydrology record above. This drop in breeding for 1993 to 1996 was
further confirmed by point count surveys for breeding pairs in this area.