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!