Of all the groups of birds that are seeing a decline in their populations, one of the most worrisome is the grassland birds. Many of our native prairie species are becoming less and less common as the years pass.
Fortunately one location in my county has a nice variety of prairie birds that are dependable for showing up year after year. Some of these birds used to be common birds around the family farms but aren't any more. I was lucky enough to see a few of these species recently.
Go out, walk a prairie. Plant some native plants. Listen for the early morning chorus in a grassland. Try to find the native sparrow, be it Grasshopper, Henslow's or Savannah that blends in so well with the terrain. While summer may seem to be a "down" time for birding it's a great time to discover life in the grasslands.