IMBD Giveaway, Day 3: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Certified Coffee!

Doesn’t sitting back sipping coffee and watching birds sound wonderful? In support of International Migratory Bird Day, Birds & Beans® and Caffe Ibis® are donating Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Certified coffee to 3 lucky winners.

One of the first coffee companies to take up the ‘Bird Friendly®’ certification was Birds & Beans Canada, founded and still operated by Madeleine Pengelley and David Pritchard. Building on their start, in 2008 Scott Weidensaul and Bill Wilson launched Birds & Beans® coffee to make it easy for coffee drinkers in the US to buy Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center ‘Bird Friendly’ coffee.

“Birds & Beans® is the only US coffee brand selling solely shade grown, organic, Fair Trade, Smithsonian ‘Bird Friendly®’ certified beans,” Wilson tells me. There products are, “Great for birds, family farmers and their workers and the Earth we all share,” he adds.

“In an effort to counter the forces that currently seem to be hell bent on destroying the environment and setting back bird conservation efforts, we are going to accelerate promoting our ‘5 points’,” Wilson says.


“Bird Friendly coffee is one thing a person can do that does not need any government regulation, subsidy or endorsement to make good things happen,” Wilson explains.

This coffee is grown on some of the best managed family coffee farms in Latin America – full of birds and good conditions for workers. A rich complex blend with a subtle and nutty flavor that pleasantly lingers. SMBC Bird Friendly®, Fair Trade, 100% Organic Birds & Beans® only sells Bird Friendly® Shade Grown coffee, certified by The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as coming from 100% organic farms which meet strict bio diversity criteria. Birds & Beans donates over 10% of their gross profits to their partners to help their important work. In addition to coffee the company also sells accessories like journals, tote bags and organic tees.

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Some of our most beloved Neotropical migrant songbirds – especially our thrushes, orioles, tanagers, and warblers — are suffering from loss of habitat when they fly south for the winter. One of the easiest things we can all do to support our migratory songbirds is to make sure that the coffee we buy comes from coffee farms that preserve bird habitat. Birds & Beans is certified by the best in the business, and makes it easy to be confident that the coffee we drink is also providing habitat for birds. — John W. Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Caffe Ibis coffee also undergoes annual on-the-ground inspections to certify shade grown growing conditions. Shade grown coffee allows for a greater level of biodiversity for birds, butterflies, animals, and plant life than does sun-technified coffee. Caffe Ibis recently celebrated their 40th anniversary! They will be donating:

1)      Guatemalan Forest Coffee, 12 oz ($12.19)

Roast: Medium

Region: Guatemala

Tasting Notes: Lime, Molasses, Stone Fruit

Certifications: USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown & Bird Friendly (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Certified)


2)      Guatemalan Dark Coffee, 12 oz ($12.19)

Roast: Dark

Region: Guatemala

Tasting Notes: Grilled Vegetables, Earthy, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Certifications: USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown & Bird Friendly (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Certified)

How to “Like&Win”

To enter this sweepstakes for one of the three coffee giveaways, simply go to the author of the blog’s Facebook page Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan and ‘like’ the post! The winner will by notified by 10:30 EST on May 10, 2017.

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Entries will be accepted online starting daily from, 6:00AM EST ending  10:00PM EST. The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will have their item(s) shipped within a week of the sweepstakes and will be notified by 10:30PM EST the day of the sweepstakes. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible ‘likes’ received. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

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