Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
How to Drink Coﬀee and Save Birds
Smithsonian's National Zoo
—125 Years —
In the early 1990s, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) scientists found that shade farms, where coffee is grown within forest-like settings, provide refuge for migratory and resident birds, in contrast to conventional open-sun coffee farms without shade trees.
By 1998, to reward traditional coffee farming, SMBC developed the Bird-Friendly coffee certification. It is the only seal that ensures 100% organic shade-grown coffee. That's good for the birds, the farmers and the ecosystem!
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Captions from images on marker:
Traditionally-managed shade farms can support over 150 bird species, more than any other type of agricultural habitat.
In conventional farming, coffee is planted in full sun. The forest is lost along with many species that would live within it.
The Baltimore oriole, a migratory bird that lives in tropical shade coffee farms, returns north each year to breed.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 55.712′ N, 77° 2.849′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Olmstead Walk. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prairie Dogs (a few steps from this marker); A Hollywood Legend at the Zoo? (a few steps from this marker); The Book That Brought a Dinosaur to Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Easter Monday (within shouting distance of this marker); The O-Line (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (about 500 feet away); Aldabra Tortoise (about 500 feet away); A Capital Bird (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.