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Many species, like this forest wagtail in Sumatra, take advantage of the trees found in shade-grown coffee farms. John Sterling/Courtesy photo

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Learn more about bird-friendly coffee movement

By From page A12 | February 25, 2014

Research supporting the bird-friendly coffee movement is the subject of the next Flyway Nights lecture, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 Chiles Road.

John Sterling will present the Smithsonian Institute’s research that supports the movement, discussing discuss why some coffee farms are better than others for birds and why good coffee farms are critical for conservation. He will illustrate his talk with photos of birds from coffee farms in Latin America, the Philippines and Sumatra.

Sterling has been an active birder since 1971 and a professional wildlife biologist since 1981. He has traveled internationally as a guide and ornithologist for many organizations, including projects as a Smithsonian ornithologist to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Sumatra, Canada and Russia.

He currently has his own company specializing in tours, birding classes, research and environmental consulting. His website is www.sterlingbirds.com.

The Yolo Basin Foundation offers Flyway Nights lectures at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from November to April. For more information, call 530-758-0530 or visit www.yolobasin.org.

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