For those who enjoy migrating summer songbirds and want to help them survive in their wintering grounds, read on:
New research in Costa Rica shows that hungry warblers and other birds significantly reduce damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle. That’s good news for farmers and coffee-lovers. In fact, the birds ate enough beetles to save a medium-sized farm about $9,500 US a year.
But the benefits were strongest for those farms that had some forest cover on and around the farm, which attracts the birds. More forest + more birds = more coffee. Hooray!
Read on to find out if your morning cup is fueling the birds, too: http://goo.gl/MJ7Aic
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