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Written by Ashely Adams   
Friday, 22 November 2013 20:19

Birds do not seem to understand the concept of sleeping in.  What better way to get yourself going to pick up that first-of-year northern bird than with a cup of coffee?   As it turns out, your next cup of Joe could in fact not only help you find birds, but protect them as well!

While we do our best to preserve songbirds habitats here in the north, that’s only half the story.  Our beloved songbirds who overwinter in tropical locations are falling victim to the increasingly un-environmentally sound growing methods.   Coffee plants are naturally shade tolerant species, growing in the understory.  However, there has been a push to promote slash-and-burn methods to open up more sunny patches and increase yield, destroying habitat.  There’s also been higher use of pesticide which can harm songbirds.

Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between the birds and your coffee.   The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has implemented a certification system that shows you which coffee has been grown in more traditional, environmentally friendly ways.   The downside with bird friendly coffee is that it’s hard to find.  Luckily, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a proud provider of Birds and Beans Coffee, which is not only bird friendly, but organic and fair trade as well.

Chestnut sided warbler

Chestnut-sided Warblers depend on traditional coffee plantations.  You can help out these birds by buying our Birds and Beans Chestnut-sided Warbler coffee!  (Note: Coffee does not  contain actual warble.)  Photo Credit: Josh Haas

Speaking of fair trade, many of our other Bookstore goodies are fair trade.   Fair trade goods are produced in developing countries.  They can be goods or foods that are made or harvested in sustainable ways.  Fair trade goods are also purchased in ethically sound ways, providing livable wages, allowing workers to unionize, and not using child or other exploitative labor.   In the Bookstore you’ll find fair trade crafts, jewelry, bags, and others.

Does this opportunity to shop and do some good sound great?  Well, you’re in luck!   On December 11th, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary will be having a holiday open house!  All goods will be fifteen percent off.  Perhaps you are still uncertain about if this delicious coffee is for you?  How about grabbing a sample and some birds for your list?   If that sounds up your alley, join us for the December Birds & Coffee Walk at 9am Wednesday, December 11th.  

Birds and Coffee Walk Information
Holiday Open House Information
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Bird Friendly Coffee Certification
Coffee and Conservation