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Monday, February 6 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Symposia Session - S2: Midwestern Agroecology and the Conservation of Grassland Birds. What Does Coffee Have to Do with Farmland Bird Conservation?

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AUTHORS: Tom Will, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: As a commodity produced in the tropics and imported to North America, coffee shares a migratory path similar to that of Neartic/Neotropical migrant birds. Coffee can be grown in many different ways, some of which are demonstrably more beneficial to both migrant and resident tropical species. The choice made by North American consumers to drink bird-friendly certified coffee completes the coffee full life cycle: support for coffee grown organically under scientifically documented structural shading regimes results in greater biodiversity, healthier birds, and greater community health and economic benefit for both producers and farm workers during the migrant non-breeding season. Many of these migrant species will return each year to Midwestern working landscapes to breed, and recent research indicates that their condition and reproductive success appears to be directly linked to the agro-ecological productivity of both systems. Thus birds can be seen as ambassadors as well as indicators of a full life cycle that drives biodiversity and ecological sustainability. Likewise, consumer choice  has the potential as a change engine at local and policy scales for powering a movement leading to healthier landscapes for wildlife and people both nationally and internationally.

Monday February 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:20pm CST
Arbor I/II