In this cold time of year it easy to forget about the summer birds that breed in New England bringing the air to life with song and color. While these summer songsters are spending their winter in the tropics they should not be forgotten as there is no way around the bad news. Song bird populations are in steep decline across the globe. Loss of habitat, expansive human development, and agricultural malpractice are among the top reasons for population decline. There are many small steps that we can take to help preserve the American song brids.