The first day of fall greeted us with the coolest morning of the season to date. Temperatures were in the low 50’s but sunny skies made it seem nicer. We were treated to excellent views of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and several warblers along the all-purpose trail through the woods to the fire station.
Walk the woods and fields of Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation and the Lake Erie Shore in search of migrating warblers and other birds moving through the area on their way south.
Six warbler species, including eight American Redstarts, six Magnolia warblers and five Black-and-White warblers were viewed by the group in several locations. We had some good birds including a Barred Owl, a Scarlet Tanager, and a pair of Solitary Sandpipers.
During the winter, the Scarlet Tanager lives in mature forests and forest edges and often visit shade coffee plantations in the Andes, Mexico, and Central America during migration. They are hard to see because they like to hide among the wide leaves of deciduous trees in the forest canopy.
They feed mainly on insects along with some fruit and tender buds and joins mixed species foraging flocks with flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, and resident tropical tanagers.
How can you help this songbird? Help by preserving birding habitat! Join the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s informal coffee club today and start drinking bird-friendly coffee. You’ll love the taste! Go Here
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FACT: Songbirds that migrate to Mexico and the tropics are on the decline.
TRUE: According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the population of chestnut-sided warblers has declined by 4% between 1966 and 2015.
FACT: Coffee plantations use various farming methods, such as full-sun to agroforestry systems, to grow and harvest coffee beans.
TRUE: According to a paper published on the "Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico" in 1999, Coffee is grown under a continuum of conditions, from rustic or traditional, to full sun, and these “shades of shade” are not equal when it comes to the health of ecosystems (Reference: Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico. 1999. Conservation Biology 13:11–21.). How do you know that every single bean in every single bag is shade-grown? Buy Birds and Beans coffee!
FACT: Coffee label lingo (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade-grown, Organic) can confuse consumers in the grocery aisle.
TRUE: Without understanding the certifications on the label, you really will not know how the beans are grown. For example, to be certified as Rainforest Alliance, farmers are to maintain shade cover of 30% or greater. According to the 2017 Consumer Report article, "The Truth About Coffee Packaging Claims", this seal means that some or all of the coffee in the bag is sourced from farms that have met standards aimed at promoting sustainability and protecting farmers, forests, wildlife, and local communities. But Rainforest Alliance standards for minimizing pesticide use and incorporating native trees are not as stringent as those behind the Bird Friendly Habitat designation. Learn More
FACT: Specialty coffee costs more than well-marketed coffee brands.
TRUE: The Whole Foods grocery store in Rocky River, Ohio, sells only one blend of organic, bird-friendly coffee, named Early Bird Blend. One 12-oz bag sells for $11.99 (ground). Birds and Beans coffee comes in many blends, grinds, and sizes. One 12-oz bag without shipping and handling sells for $9.25. With shipping/handling shared among other coffee drinkers, WCAS sells it for $11.75 a bag. Buying a bag larger than 12 oz every other month yields even more savings to you.
Learn more about joining the WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Club here.
REMINDER: 5% of annual chapter sales support local conservation projects.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966–2015 Analysis.
By becoming a member of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Bird Friendly Coffee Club, you are supporting the shade grown coffee industry, and the farmers and their families who maintain hospitable critical winter habitat for our migrating avian friends.
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