Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s 7 simple actions to help birds

These 7 simple actions from Cornell Lab are logical and fairly straightforward.

  • Safer Windows
  • Cats indoors
  • Reduce grass and plant native
  • Avoid pesticides
  • Drink shade-grown coffee
  • Plastics
  • Watch and share

The surprise was the shade-grown coffee, quote: “

The challenge: Three-quarters of the world’s coffee farms grow their plants in the sun (source), destroying forests that birds and other wildlife need for food and shelter. Sun-grown coffee also often requires using environmentally harmful pesticides and fertilizers. On the other hand, shade-grown coffee preserves a forest canopy that helps migratory birds survive the winter.

The cause: Too few consumers are aware of the problems of sun coffee. Those who are aware may be reluctant to pay more for environmentally sustainable coffee.

Enjoy shade-grown coffee: It’s a win-win-win: it’s delicious, economically beneficial to coffee farmers, and helps more than 42 species of North American migratory songbirds that winter in coffee plantations, including orioles, warblers, and thrushes.

Take it further: Look for Bird Friendly coffee, a certification from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center that also includes organic standards. Educate coffee shops and grocery stores about shade-grown coffees.

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