From sea to shining sea
The United States was once home to a rich and diverse avian population, with birds such as the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet and the dusky seaside sparrow winging through our skies. But several centuries of land development, hunting and human encroachment has thrown our nation’s birds into crisis, resulting in extinction for some and threatened status for many. As for January 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that more than 90 species are threatened or endangered. These are birds currently under threat in the United States, including the Hawaiian geese pictured here.
This gallery has been updated with new information since it was originally published in September 2012.