Stories from the Shade: Birds and Shade-grown Coffee
Seattle Audubon's Shade Coffee Bird Atlas explores how several migratory birds, as well as tropical resident birds, interact with the coffee-producing landscapes that comprise part of their non-breeding (winter) territory in Central and South America. Generally referred to as "shade coffee birds," each of these avian characters tells a story of the connections among people, wildlife, and habitat. Whether you are a birder, a scientist, a student, or a curious observer, you will gain new insights from these "Stories from the Shade."
Use the links below and to the left to explore these shade coffee birds.
Stories from the Shade: Birds and Shade-grown Coffee was developed after Seattle Audubon's Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign saw the need for a compilation of the diverse research investigating neotropical migratory birds and their use of coffee farms as habitat. Prior to the development of this new and evolving tool, the life stories of these birds in their non-breeding habitat had to be pieced together from scientific studies or magazine articles. This "quick reference" web tool captures the available information in one location, including photos, comprehensive range maps, and sounds. These stories show the deep connections among birds, humans, and the habitat upon which we all rely.
While never a complete replacement for natural forest, shade coffee farms that preserve complex forest cover can protect and even restore highly ecologically diverse forests. As you read these Stories from the Shade, remember that you can help protect forest habitat for songbirds and other wildlife by choosing to buy certified shade-grown coffee. We hope these stories will also inspire decision-makers to recognize that coffee and birds are connected and to act on their behalf through their policies, production methods, and certification programs.
Enjoy learning about the birds of shade-grown coffee!