The cafe connects the Cache Valley and the habitat of tropical migratory birds


This Saturday, May 14 is World Migratory Bird Day, a global holiday that takes place twice a year, celebrating migratory birds and highlighting bird conservation around the world. Not all birds migrate, but Hilary Shughart, president of Bridgerland Audubon, explained that species that do often make incredible journeys.

“It’s the second Saturday in May and October because the birds migrate back and forth. They come up north to feast on insects and nectar and so on and raise their families in the summer, then they go back south to avoid our winters, some of them thousands of miles away,” said Shughart.

Many migratory species depend on high-quality habitat like the natural areas that dot the Cache Valley to refuel on their long journeys, but the valley has another surprising connection to migratory birds: coffee.

Edie DeVilbiss is a coffee trainer and educator at Caffe Ibis, a coffee roastery headquartered in Logan. She said migratory birds are drastically declining in North America and unfortunately some of these declines can be attributed to unsustainable coffee production in the winter habitat of migratory birds.

“Since the 1970s, researchers have documented a loss of almost 30% of bird populations in North America alone. And they were trying to figure out what was going on, and they were looking at some of these areas where these birds were migrating, and realizing that a lot of that could be attributed to coffee production,” DeVilbiss said.

Fortunately, an easy way to help migratory birds is to purchase certified bird-friendly coffee beans. Caffe Ibis was an early adopter of bird-certified coffee, and DeVilbiss explained what “bird-friendly” means.

“The criteria cover a wide range of very specific things, including, you know, canopy height, insect biodiversity, all with the goal of maintaining a much richer habitat for all the wildlife that takes refuge in the coffee plantations,” DeVilbiss said. “But, with sort of the specific hope of helping migratory bird populations.”

On Saturday, May 14, Bridgerland Audubon will lead a bilingual bird walk at Trapper Park and host a Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market stall with free crafts, and Caffe Ibis will offer free coffee tastings at the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival. .

The theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night”, to raise awareness of the impact of street lighting on bird migration.

More information on World Migratory Bird Day, this year’s theme and real-time bird migration available at:
https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/
https://birdcast.info/

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