Biologists are still finishing their annual count, but they say the snail kite will likely drop to its lowest numbers in decades. There may be fewer than 1,000 birds left.
Wiley Kitchens, a University of Florida research ecologist, says "the situation is dire."
The snail kite was a founding member of the federal endangered species list in 1967. A decade ago, it had seemed one of the success stories in the Everglades after its numbers increased.
Now it is fighting extinction again.