The classic place for a bird seems to be in a forest, or at least a tree, right? But there are plenty of birds that rely on open fields for survival. For example, the loggerhead shrike, one of our focal species for recovery. Grasslands are one of the fastest declining habitats in North America, having exceeded the disappearance of forest habitats. One big culprit is changing farming practices including more large-scale row-cropping, which has resulted in less pastureland. The grassland crisis has only been high on the conservation radar since the mid-1990s, when we hit the ground running in an attempt to catch up with species declines. Welcome to the plight of the not-oft-thought-of grassland songbird and our grassland songbird species spotlight series.