Buying shade grown coffee means you are financially rewarding the farmers who have chosen to preserve forests and bird habitats by growing their coffee under the tree canopy, rather than clearcutting vegetation to grow coffee in full sun. Many of our migrants winter on coffee plantations.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified “Bird Friendly” means that beans were grown 100% organically with a variety of native shade trees. Criteria include a canopy at least 12m high with the dominant tree species being native, minimum 40% shade cover, and at least 2 layers of vegetation made up of at least 10 woody species. This certification has the most robust shade/habitat standards of any certification.
The Rainforest Alliance is an NGO with programs in several areas that promote standards for sustainability. Their sustainable agriculture program certifies many crops, including coffee. It covers a number of ecological issues as well as community relations and fair treatment of workers. There are no criteria for shade management. Criterion is for “native vegetation cover” and is not required for six years, perhaps longer. Therefore it is important to note that Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee may or may not be shade grown. There is no organic requirement.
CHICAGO AUDUBON'S ANNUAL APPEAL
If you would like to contribute to our Annual Appeal, please CLICK HERE.
Please consider donating to Chicago Audubon's Year-End Annual Appeal for 2018. (Please note, there is no deadline for donations.) Your contribution will support our important on-going educational events and programs throughout the coming year.We thank you for your support--past and present.
Happy New Year!
Congratulations to the Winners of Chicago Audubon's
Second Annual Photo Contest
We would like to thank all of you who entered this year for sharing your beautiful images with us. We also thank our judges for their valuable time and support. Many thanks to the Museum of Science & Industry, the Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Garden for donating prizes.
1st Place Winner: Michael Ferguson. Red-eyed Vireo.
Second Place Winner: Steven Jner. Common Yellowthroat.
Third Place Winner: Leonardo Estrada. Great Egret.
The American Bird Conservancy and the Chicago Audubon Society
need your help protecting all birds in and passing through Illinois!
The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill that would siphon money away from proven programs that help the state’s low-income pet owners and instead use those funds to maintain colonies of feral cats in Illinois’ parks and neighborhoods. This bill would authorize the systematic abandonment of cats throughout the state and is a threat to the health and welfare of people, birds, and other wildlife.
Chicago Audubon is proud to announce a video produced by WTTW featuring Annette Prince of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors & The Chicago Audubon Society, Doug Stotz of The Field Museum, Rose Augustine of Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Architect Jeanne Gang. Chicago Audubon Board member and photographer, Jerry Goldner, donated the bird videos to the project.
"BUILDING A BIRD-SAFE CITY"