As you may know In September I went to an event with the rainforest Alliance to learn about their #followthefrog campaign, What I learned touched my heart, so I am using my Blog for the entire length of the campaign to help bring awareness to you all. With Christmas coming up, they have written an alternative '12 Days Of Christmas' and it can be found here on their blog
Today it makes sense for us to focus on birds, which suits us well, as the increase in the number of species found on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, forests, and tourism businesses is just one of the many benefits to certification.
As coffee is a shade-loving plant it can grow in harmony with natural ecosystems underneath the canopy of native trees. Biologists have shown that certified, forested coffee farms can be bio-rich buffer zones for parks, protect watersheds, and serve as wildlife corridors.
One certified cooperative in El Salvador holds more than 100 tree species with research showing that migratory birds found there prefer Rainforest Alliance Certified farms compared to “sun” coffee farms. Located within the Apaneca Biological Corridor, the certified farms are serving as links between forest fragments that safeguard migration routes for wildlife, including the country’s more than 500 bird species!
Forest birds can also be found on sustainable tourism lodges. Near the Biosphere Reserve of Manu, south-eastern Peru, is the Rainforest Alliance Certified lodge, Cock Of The Rock. Named after the national bird of Peru, the lodge is located within a private reserve that protects nearly 10,000 acres (over 4,000 hectares) of cloud forest. Here, you can find hundreds of species of exotic birds such as quetzals, hummingbirds, trogons, wild turkeys, and of course, the famous bird itself, cock-of-the-rocks!