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there’s one thing I’ve learned in my research over the years, it’s
this: effective conservation is not just about birds, it’s about birds
That’s why I’m so excited—and
encouraged—about the work my Cornell Lab of Ornithology colleagues and I
are doing in Central and South America.
we have been conducting vital conservation research within coffee
farms. As you may know, songbirds such as Baltimore Orioles and
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks spend the winter in some of the world’s most
productive coffee-growing countries.
the habitats that these birds need are disappearing. For example,
Colombia has lost 75 percent of its mountain forests.
am incredibly grateful to all those who support the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology and make possible the research my students, my colleagues,
and I are conducting in Colombia and elsewhere about the importance of
shade-grown coffee to migratory birds, tropical ecosystems, and people.
Thank you so much.
Garvin Professor and Director of Conservation Science
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850