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Wilson's Warblers Benefit from Shade-grown Coffee

Your thoughtful purchase can help these birds!

Early this fall, the tiny Wilson's Warbler began its long migration to Belize, where it winters. Navigating by the stars, the 1/4-ounce bird made a series of night flights spanning more than 2500 miles. This warbler returns to the same coffee plantation each year. Taller trees that shade the coffee are a winter home for many migrants from North America. By buying shade-grown coffee, you can help migratory birds, including the Wilson's Warbler.

See the list below (Related Resources) for more about shade-grown coffee.

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Wilson’s Warblers Benefit from Shade-grown Coffee
Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote!

[Wilson’s Warbler song in tropical setting, light stream running]

In summer, tiny, bright yellow Wilson’s Warblers nest in western forests and across Canada’s boreal zone. The males look like they’re wearing a little black beret. By September, all are headed south, to Central America. Navigating by the stars, these ¼-ounce birds make a series of night flights spanning more than 2500 miles.

Now in December, you’d encounter one such Wilson’s Warbler in Belize. The bird arrived a month ago in lowland Belize, at precisely the same spot in the same coffee plantation where it has wintered each year of its life. [Wilson’s Warbler call notes with tropical background]

The warbler flits among the dark green coffee trees, now covered in richly scented white blossoms. Taller trees that shade the coffee plants are a winter home for other migrants from North America as well, like Summer Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles. [Song of Baltimore Oriole] They’ve joined the birds that live here year round.
[Keel-billed Toucan calling] There’s a Keel-billed Toucan, a bird with a massive, multi-colored bill!

If you’re a coffee drinker, consider buying coffee grown in the shade. When you do, you’ll aid the success of more than 150 species of migratory birds, including the Wilson’s Warbler. [Wilson’s Warbler song]

Today’s show is brought to you by the Bobolink Foundation. You can find out more about how to purchase shade-grown coffee, when you begin at BirdNote.org. [Wilson’s Warbler song]

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Bird audio provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Wilson’s Warbler song [136176] recorded by M.D. Medler; call notes of Wilson’s Warbler [105937] recorded in Guatemala by Cullen Hanks; song of Baltimore Oriole [12483] by A.A. Allen; Keel-billed Toucan call [184058] recorded by M.D. Medler. Ending ambient (crickets) drawn from Black-mandibled Toucan [184525] recorded by D.L. Ross.
Steam in a Belize forest Nature SFX Essentials #40 recorded by Gordon Hempton of QuietPlanet.com.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Exec. Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org   Dec. 2013/2015    Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# 121106WIWA2-2KPLU        WIWA-02b

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