Birds and other biodiversity

A profile of a bird species that has a very special, recently defined connection to coffee.

Revised on October 4, 2017

Support a conservation program that provides native shade trees to Nicaraguan coffee farmers.

Revised on May 31, 2019

Summary of recent research directly from the paper, not the press release.

Revised on March 23, 2014

A species of orchid is named for a coffee company (Puro Coffee) that contributed to the preservation of land on which the orchid — among other species — was discovered. Includes a coffee review.

Revised on August 22, 2019

A look at the charming and lively American Redstart, a warbler commonly found in Latin American shade coffee farms in winter.

Revised on June 17, 2018

The Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) is often heard before it is seen, a loud ringing “tea-cher, TEA-cher, TEA-CHER!” broadcast from close to the forest floor through much of the eastern U.S. […]

Revised on December 5, 2018

A profile of the Malabar Barbet, the first Old World species in our series on Know Your Coffee Birds. This one is found only in India’s Western Ghats.

Revised on November 30, 2016

Learn more about the brilliant Scarlet Tanager. It inspired my love of birds and my career, and is symbolic of “our” birds that winter in the tropics on shade coffee farms.

Revised on August 26, 2013

Want warblers to eat your coffee berry borers? Give them some forest to sleep in.

Revised on February 8, 2013

It’s not just that you have fruit trees on a farm, but what types they are, that are important for birds.

Revised on February 8, 2013

This paper looked at the diversity and abundance of frogs and salamanders in an area of tropical montane cloud forest, shade coffee farms, and corn plantations in southern Mexico.

There are two species of palm-tanagers (Phaenicophilus) found on Hispaniola, the island comprised of the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti.  One is the widespread Black-crowned Palm-Tanager (P. palmarum). The other […]

Revised on December 11, 2018

Share it or spare it?

by JulieCraves on June 21, 2011

Intensifying production while conserving biodiversity Food security and the ability of agricultural lands to feed over 9 billion people by 2050 is an increasingly-discussed topic. Part of this issue is […]

Revised on December 11, 2018

El Jaguar is the perfect combination of cloud forest reserve and coffee farm.

Revised on December 6, 2018

The tiny, bright yellow bird that John  James Audubon called “Wilson’s Flycatching Warbler” breeds in a large swath all across northern North America. Wilson’s Warblers winter in much of Central […]

Revised on August 26, 2013