Roseate Spoonbills always bring a smile to my face. They are both beautiful and funny-looking at the same time. Like many other birds with beautiful plumage, these spoonbills were nearly hunted to extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but in 1918 the Migratory Bird Treaty outlawed hunting of these birds and allowed this species to thrive and grow in numbers. Today, the major threats to their continued survival are habitat destruction and degradation, along with declining food sources. Pesticides, pollution, and illegal hunting also pose a threat. Roseate spoonbills are listed as a “State Species of Special Concern” in both Florida and Louisiana.