Cool Beans Research is a non-profit research group aimed at putting the 
bird-friendliness back in bird-friendly coffee. Our small but mighty 
team currently consists of Dr. Doug Tallamy (University of Delaware), 
Heather Kostick (Prospective PhD Student at Univ. of Del., and current 
Masters candidate at Penn), and Brad Powell (webmaster extraordinaire). 
We're looking to raise awareness and funds for our research!

52% of US citizens are coffee drinkers, and 17% of US citizens are 
birders - if you fit into either (or both!) of those categories, then 
this research should interested you! Help Cool Beans Research be at the 
forefront of bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee research.



Non-profit purpose: To learn which shade tree species used by coffee 
growers throughout Central and South America actually produce the 
insects required to sustain wintering and local birds within coffee 
farms. This information is essential for coffee growers to increase the 
conservation effectiveness of their farms. If all trees produced insects 
in equal abundance and diversity, this would be unnecessary, but there 
are huge differences in how well trees produce the insects birds require 
(Tallamy & Shropshire 2009, Burghardt et al 2010). Non-native trees 
support fewer insects than natives because local insects have not 
adapted to the novel phytochemical defenses of introduced trees. Yet 
even native trees differ widely in their ability to produce insects used 
by birds. Using common-garden experiments and bird foraging surveys on 
cooperator farms in Central and South America, we will evaluate for the 
first time the bird friendliness of regionally favorite shade tree 
species. We have studies currently under way on four farms in Nicaragua 
and Colombia for this purpose.

Thank you for your time!

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