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L. Elliot

Birds of Two Worlds:

Saving Songbirds With Your Coffee Cup

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Lang Elliot

Birds of Two Worlds

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R. Royse

R. Royse

Forest Birds in Decline

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Canada Warbler

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Lang Elliot

R. Royse

Lang Elliot

Marie Read

Other Forest Birds in Decline

Cerulean Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Threats on the Wintering Grounds

Large breeding range

Small wintering range

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Tropical Deforestation

Southern Mexico

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Losing Out

  • In southern Mexico, young Wood Thrush cannot compete for forest-interior territories

  • Living in forest edges or scrub decreases winter survival

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Losing Out

In Mexico most young Hooded Warblers live as desperate “wanderers” because there is not enough forest

In Jamaica young American Redstarts, and females, are forced into dry scrub, where there is little food

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Saving Forest Biodiversity with Shade Coffee

“Bird Friendly” certified shade coffee

farms resemble a natural rainforest

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Marie Read

Marie Read

R. Royse

Baltimore Oriole

Magnolia Warbler

Coffee - before harvest

Scarlet Tanager

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Traditional Shade Coffee:

Partial Shade Coffee:

Sun Coffee:

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Sun Coffee

  • 2 million acres of shade coffee have been converted to sun coffee in recent decades

  • 40% of coffee production in Latin America is now sun grown

  • Unsustainable for the farmer and the environment

Sun Coffee

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Heavy Shade Coffee

Partial Shade

Sun Coffee

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South America



Dangers of Pesticides

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Coffee with a Conscience

  • 100% “Bird Friendly” Certified Shade Grown

  • Certified Fair Trade

  • Certified 100% USDA Organic

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Where to Buy “Bird Friendly” Coffee

Check the SMBC web site for a coffee shop or distributor near you!

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