Birds & (coffee) beans

30-Day Writing Challenge- Day 9


Blackburnian Warbler — Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada — 2005. (Mdf Wikimedia Commons) This little bird is among the species that spend their winters in Colombia.

How shade coffee is adding to Colombia’s bird habitat

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great resource if you have bird-related questions or care about birds. They’re always sharing interesting tidbits about different bird species and bird behaviour. Today their email newsletter points to a fascinating article by Gustave Axelson that was originally published in Living Bird Magazine, about how in Colombia shade-grown coffee “sustains songbirds and people alike.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Among 42 migratory songbird species known to overwinter in coffee plantations, more than half (22) have significantly declining populations. The morning cup of coffee has the power to directly help, or hurt, migratory birds. It’s an old refrain that’s been sung by Scott Weidensaul in his classic book Living on the Wind; by Canadian scientist Bridget Stutchbury in Silence of the Songbirds; and by the late, legendary Russell Greenberg at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, who helped create the Bird-Friendly coffee certification for birder/coffee drinkers who want to support habitat with their cup of joe.

If you’re looking for Bird-Friendly coffee, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has put together this handy list.


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