Bird Friendly Coffee & The Wood Thrush

A Wood Thrush photographed by Birds & Beans Coffee's Voice & Author, Katie Fallon

A Wood Thrush photographed by Birds & Beans Coffee's Voice & Author, Katie Fallon

If you live around the East Coast of North America you may have been lucky enough to have spotted a Wood Thrush from time to time. The Wood Thrush's breeding range extends from southern Canada to northern Florida, and from the Atlantic coast to the Missouri River. And although considered a 'common bird' the Wood Thrush has been in steep decline since the 1970's.  Recent research indicates that this decline is caused by deforestation in the species wintering habitat; typically the lowlands along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central America.

This loss of forest can be clearly seen in this map of forest loss in Nicaragua showing the extreme level of deforestation in the recent past, and for the coming decades.

The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in Nicaragua maps of forest loss show the extreme level of deforestation in the recent past, and for the coming decades.

The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in Nicaragua maps of forest loss show the extreme level of deforestation in the recent past, and for the coming decades.

The primary reason for this deforestation in Central America is farming. In order to supply large quantities of, lets say coffee, farmers remove trees to grow coffee in the sun, which produces a higher yield. American coffee companies pay farmers low prices for this cheap product but by then the damage has already been done.

Sun coffee is literally killing the
songbirds we love—and is destroying
a sustainable method of farming
that supports rural communities
in Latin America and keeps toxic
chemicals away from farm workers
and their children.
— Bridget Stutchbury - Biologist
Wood Thrush, Medium Roast Bird Friendly Coffee

Wood Thrush, Medium Roast Bird Friendly Coffee

At Birds & Beans Coffee we are not only buying coffee from Bird Friendly® Coffee farms in Nicaragua, where the Wood Thrush migrates to in the winter, but we are working with farms who are not yet certified. Currently we have three farms in 'transition' to becoming USDA Organic and Bird Friendly® certified, this process takes three years. It is vital that the farms and farmers making this commitment to sustainability know that the American coffee market is ready for a better product dedicated to helping birds like the Wood Thrush.

We are ready! Are you? This year is the Year of The Bird after all...So demand that your coffee always be Fair Trade, Organic, and Bird Friendly® certified and share this post with friends and family.

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You can also read Help Save the Wood Thrush by Bridget Stutchbury on the American Bird Conservancy Blog