Jun 082014
Northern Climes to Nicaragua: Long-distance Migrants on Shade Coffee Farms

The challenges facing bird conservation can seem insurmountable. And it’s true that some of the threats—climate change, habitat loss—are overwhelming in their scope. But as American Bird Conservancy has been pointing out for years, sometimes even the smallest changes can have enormous effects, from keeping your cat inside to making the right choices when you […]

May 112014
"Coffee Bird": Western Tanager

It’s an eye-catching mixture of red, yellow, and black. But the Western Tanager can be surprisingly inconspicuous during the breeding season, since it spends its time high in the treetops. This tanager breeds farther north than any other member of its mostly tropical family. In winter, though, it joins Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Thrush, and dozens […]

May 012014
Help Save Wood Thrush: Drink Bird Friendly Coffee

The Wood Thrush is an ambassador for the forest birds of eastern North America, and a modern-day “canary in the coal mine.” According to the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), this species has declined by over 50 percent since systematic counts began in the late 1960s. I wrote about the demise of the Wood Thrush in […]