Bird species that pass through Northeast Ohio during migration or live here in spring and summer, are also found on Central and South American forested coffee plantations in the winter. Some, like the enchanting, tree-top loving Cerulean Warbler, are declining. One important reason is the habitat they depend on in Latin America is degrading or disappearing, much of it for agricultural use.
Above: Suzanne Aldrich, Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator (left) and Betsey Merkel, Web & Marketing (right).
I volunteered because I wanted to make a difference for the birds – a noticeable difference and grow the bird-friendly coffee drinking community within Northeast Ohio. Birds and Beans LLC coffee is already known by the bird watching aficionados in the Cleveland area. But still most coffee drinkers do not know how rich bird-friendly coffee tastes, how it’s grown, how it helps the farmers and of course, how it helps migratory birds return to Ohio.
Not only is your chapter or organization receiving a percentage of chapter annual sales to support conservation activities, but promoting consumption of organic, Smithsonian Bird Migratory Center certified shade-grown coffee is a great way to connect to people who care about birds and conservation who might not be members.
Order your coffee by Monday, December 10th or purchase your coffee directly from Suzanne Aldrich, WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator.
Drink Bird Friendly Coffee to help keep these birds returning to Northeast Ohio!
What inspired you to purchase Bird Friendly Coffee? I like the idea that coffee can be grown in areas where our migrants winter, and other birds homes have not been taken away.
Every day is an opportunity to preserve bird habitat, whether you are out on the trail or standing in your kitchen sipping a newly brewed cup of coffee. Birds and Beans links conservation and coffee together by providing Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society an annual rebate of 5% annual sales volume to put towards Ohio’s conservation projects.
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.
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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!
Migration Underway: What Drinking a Cup of Coffee Can Mean by Bill Wilson, Co-Founder of Birds & Beans Coffee LLC
Coffee farms and children in Nicaragua. The farmers need to sell their Bird Friendly coffee to brands like Birds & Beans to stay on the land and provide their children with security. ~ Bill Wilson, co-Founder, Birds and Beans Coffee
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Just to be clear, iced coffee is not brewed coffee poured over ice. It shouldn’t be! True iced coffee is actually cold brewed. Cold brewing reduces the acidity of the coffee, which in turn enhances it’s sweetness and other complex flavor notes.
Bird Friendly Coffee Preserves Neo-Tropics Bird Habitat and Northeast Ohio Conservation by Suzanne Aldrich
Every year, Birds & Beans LLC, gives back 5% of Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Bird Friendly Coffee Club sales to support Chapter bird and habitat conservation projects in Northeast Ohio.
The dark, rich flavor of the coffee roast, grown under a dense forest canopy, will be sure to warm your whole body from the inside out. Shipping is quick and personal delivery service is available, weather depending.
Consider making a New Year’s Resolution to drink Bird Friendly Coffee, certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. It is the real deal.
Order your coffee by December 10th or purchase your coffee at the Western Cuyahoga Audubon December 5, 2017 Speaker Series Meeting just in time for the holidays.
We're building a network of shade-grown coffee lovers to lower the cost of quality bird friendly coffee (not available in stores!) -- and to benefit birds and growers.
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"Dance" by Beth Nigles-Nehamkin for auction donation at “Peregrine Falcons: Predators of Urban Canyons” speaker series Tue May 7, 2019, 7:30 pm, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Nature Ctr, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Details
WCAS Bird Friendly Plant Sale Apr 7 - June 1, 2019. Purchase WCAS Bird Friendly Plants at the STORE and Sat June 1, 2019 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the Frostville Museum Farmers' Market, 24101 Cedar Point Rd, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. Details
Shopping for spring and summer gardening? All year the Rock Pile Garden Center donates 5% of your purchases back to WCAS to support chapter activities! Tell your cashier you want your donation to go to WCAS! Details
86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks 2019
Join us as we watch migratory birds return or travel through our area towards their summer breeding grounds during the 86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Celebrate one of the oldest citizen science partnerships with a total of 6,160 Spring Bird Walk checklists entered into eBird, dating back to 1955! Locations PDF
WCAS Project Lab
What’s a WCAS Conservation Project Lab?? Kurt Miske, WCAS Board member, Ch Conservation Committee, talks about why WCAS launched Project Labs at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Gordon Square Arts District and what's happening because of them. Article
NEO Sierra Club members Kathy Schaefer, Urban Issues Committee, and Fran Mentch, Activist, Co-Chair, Water Committee, participate in the Jan 2019 WCAS Conservation Project Lab, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, OH, Gordon Square Arts District.
"Well, I was just at the most recent Western Cuyahoga Audubon meeting and we're planning new projects to possibly raise money through growing native plants and selling them to people who are interested in growing native plants in their gardens." ~ Patrick McGuigan
Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
Thank you for joining us for “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon”, an evening of legendary member stories and participatory idea stations to generate next-gen conservation projects supported by the WCAS Giving Day Fund.
Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.
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