Good News for Birds and Coffee Lovers


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:

Reprinted from: YardMap  Related: Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

Buy bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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