Coffee originated as an understory plant, growing in the shade of canopy trees. Recent forms however have been developed that can live in full sun. This has led to the clearing of tropical forests and a 90% reduction of bird species in coffee plantations. Shade-grown coffee plantations remain second only to undisturbed forest for quality bird habitat. More information and locations for purchasing shade-grown coffee can be found on at , and the Smithsonian Institute http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/MigratoryBirds/Coffee/.
CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS:
Generally require some basic bird identification ability, Internet access, and a place to watch birds.
Project Feeder Watch, Great Backyard Bird Count (with National Audubon Society) The Birdhouse Network, Project Pigeon Watch and others are organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Visit or for more details.
Breeding Bird Survey: Require good bird identification skills by sight and sound.
Contact Non-game Wildlife office to get more information. (478) 994-1438 or visit the Patuxent Wildlife Center (USGS) site
Christmas Bird Count: Longest running citizen science project in the US.
Dates can be found at (web site for Georgia Ornithological Society)
Project Flying WILD
Bird curriculum designed to help middle school students put on a bird festival. Includes many hands-on activities and events. Visit or
Audubon Adventures – 4-6th grade curriculum. A classroom kit includes materials for 32 students: Student Newspaper, lesson plans, tips for outdoor study, hands on activities and guide to a healthy schoolyard. Visit education link.
Friends of Feathered Fliers, Interactive Educational Activity Box: Borrow for FREE!
Includes: Videos, binoculars, bird eggs, nests, lesson plans, books, and posters. Sign out from local nature centers around state.
Project WILD Activities
Changing the Land
Rare Bird Eggs for Sale
Migration Barriers (deer not birds)