Why Our Migratory Birds Winter At Coffee Farms

A shade grown coffee plantation in Guatemala. Forest-like conditions of these kinds of plantations provide protected shelter to birds that migrate from the north.
A shade grown coffee plantation in Guatemala. Forest-like conditions of these kinds of plantations provide protected shelter to birds that migrate from the north. John Blake / Wikimedia Commons
A shade grown coffee plantation in Guatemala. Forest-like conditions of these kinds of plantations provide protected shelter to birds that migrate from the north.
A shade grown coffee plantation in Guatemala. Forest-like conditions of these kinds of plantations provide protected shelter to birds that migrate from the north. John Blake / Wikimedia Commons

Why Our Migratory Birds Winter At Coffee Farms

We’re learning more and more how ethical consumption of products, like fair trade coffee, provides enormous benefit for communities in the developing world. As Chicagoans brave the historic cold, what you may not know is that your coffee choice also helps out migratory birds wintering in South and Central America. Amanda Rodewald is director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. She joins us to discuss her research mission to educate consumers on how shade-grown coffee benefits birds, people, and our ecosystem.