A central Florida bird that scientists say is North America’s most endangered is near extinction.
The Florida grasshopper sparrow’s population in the wild this year is projected to be fewer than 40, a record low.
Scientists say it’s possible the Florida grasshopper sparrow will be extinct within two or three years. It would be the nation’s first bird extinction in three decades.
Larry Williams of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the small sparrow is threatened by disease and a loss of the central Florida prairie, the only place on Earth where it is found.