If you love cute, funny animals as much as we do, the Atlantic puffin is probably already on your radar. With their bright red beaks and sweet little squawk, puffins are a popular bird.
Thanks in part to a large Icelandic population, puffins are of "least concern," according to the IUCN. However, their status in the United States is a different story. Smithsonian magazine reports that only one pair of puffins could be accounted for in the U.S. by 1901. Thankfully, the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin has been a major contributor in resuscitating a colony of these unique creatures, helping them grow from a nearly depleted population to a modest recovery in the U.S.