One of my strongest memories of summers past, despite my lack of affection for insects in general, is the steady buzzing of bees and fluttering of butterflies in my mom’s garden. These sounds and visions, along with the heat and abundance of time to play outside, were simply what made up “summer” as I knew it. Adults, as we age, have a tendency to romanticize the “good old days,” yet the truth is – in some ways – things have indeed changed for the worse. In a major environmental shift now recognized officially by the White House, we are witnessing catastrophic and accelerating declines in the honeybee and butterfly populations. Furthermore, strange illnesses are increasingly reducing specific bat and bird populations. What are the causes of these changes? And why should we care?