Bird Friendly® is a certification that does more than any other certification to protect the habitats of birds and other wildlife. It was developed by Smithsonian scientists for coffee in the late 1990s to preserve habitat and protect migrating songbirds. Certification standards require farms to maintain at least 40% shade coverage and make recommendations on the variety and size of trees that make up a tree canopy. These strict guidelines ensure a variety of habitats that support wildlife assets. Surveys by biologists have revealed that a shady coffee plantation harbors almost as much biodiversity as an intact forest.
Bird-friendly® habitats provide a mix of foliage cover, tree height, and biodiversity, creating and sustaining better habitats for birds and other wildlife. Bird Friendly® also provides farmers with premium wages for their products and, due to strict standards, bird-friendly programs are also an important asset in the fight against climate change.
A Bird Friendly® Coffee habitat sets itself apart by protecting a combination of ground cover and tree diversity to provide quality natural habitats for birds and other wildlife.
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