Birds are a critical part of the natural world. They pollinate and disperse seeds for many plants, and they are effective in rodent and insect control. Additionally, they recycle nutrients back to the earth, helping to balance our ecosystem.
Many people look up at birds and feel inspired. Not only for their freedom to go wherever they want whenever they want, but because of their ability to migrate.
About 4,000 species of birds migrate regularly, and their journey is fraught with peril. Birds have to fly through great discomfort, including pollution, natural disasters, cold, fear, hunger, and exhaustion. If their journeys require traversing large bodies of water or the ocean, they must fly the entire distance without stopping.
Some of the greatest threats facing birds and wildlife are: habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and pesticides.
Imagine what it might be like for an exhausted bird to arrive at its migration destination, hundreds or even thousands of miles from its origin, only to discover that the landscape had been clearcut, either for development, or agriculture.
The one choice that has the most positive outcomes is to drink shade-grown organic coffee.
How does this help birds? Shade-grown coffee provides critical habitat for the birds, and organic coffee is poison-free. Organic coffee contributes to the health of the ecosystem by avoiding a mono-culture that can, over time, deplete the soil. Organic coffee preserves biodiversity, and protects our forests, local water sources, and the farmers who harvest the beans.
Birds are capable of astounding feats:
Birdwatching has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. With very little (or no) financial outlay, you can get outside, learn new things, meet new people, do it year-round, and connect to the natural world. Birdwatching is forever – did you ever meet anyone who admitted to being a former Birdwatcher? Curiosity about the natural world may encourage us to want to learn more about biology, geography, history, and even how to eat healthy and sustainably.
To continue helping birds, in addition to buying organic, bird-friendly coffee, we can provide habitat for them by planting native flowers, bushes and trees. Avoiding pesticides and herbicides on lawns will stop killing the insects that are their food source, and having chemical-free grounds will keep our pets safe and healthy.
Birds are inspiring! What are some of the qualities they have?
Unwavering commitment to life. The ability to overcome personal discomfort to accomplish their goal (migration). The ability of Arctic species to endure the harshest climates on earth and tolerate unrelenting cold - and their ability to adapt to different climates when they migrate.
Be a part of the solution! Contribute to a healthier planet by drinking organic coffee. You’ll be glad you did, and so will the birds!
by Kim Nagy
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