A roseate spoonbill wades peacefully in a pond on the grounds of the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto. The brightly colored bird makes ready use of its spoon-shaped beak as it searches for food in the mucky water. According to Florida Wildlife Viewing, the pink birds were hunted in the late 1800s, when their bright plumes sold for $2 each, and were almost extinct by the mid-20th century. The bird’s population recovered after laws were passed prohibiting hunting the bird for its colorful feathers. Today the rose-colored bird faces the threat of dwindling wetlands. Not far from the wandering bird, students were celebrating graduation from high school and maybe there will be some devoting their life to protecting such beautiful creatures as these.