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Believe it or not, you can save songbirds with every cup of coffee that you drink. Older varieties of coffee (shade-grown coffee) are grown under the shade of trees in order to retain and nourish the soil and to moderate the heat and light reaching the plants. Coffee farms that mimic forest conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean, actually are saving Neotropical migrant birds and local resident birds. Depending on the species of shade trees that overhang the coffee plants and the structure of that tree cover, anywhere from a few to scores of resident and migratory bird species will rely on coffee farms for food and cover. Ornithologists have consistently documented the importance of shade-coffee habitat in the increasingly deforested landscape of the Neotropics. The move to "technify" the coffee sector, however, begun in the 1970s and continuing today, involves replacing the traditional coffee varieties with newer hybrids, called sun-coffee, which have been developed for sun tolerance (without shade) and compact growth, therefore yielding more coffee per bush and per hectare. The flip-side is that more chemical inputs — fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides — are needed with sun-coffee than with traditional shade cultivation, and, of course, the land is denuded of tree cover.

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The under story in Oregon’s Pearson Metropark, with its good cover and food supply, is a boon for birds. The thick woods and proximity to Lake Erie make Pearson a favorite stopover spot for a wide variety of migrating warblers, or songbirds. In May – around Mothers Day – there is no better place in North America to see these birds than the Western Lake Erie region.

Other species to look for are woodpeckers, oriole, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, redstart, woodthrush, hermit thrush and Acadian flycatcher. Occasionally, visitors will see predatory birds, such as screech and great horned owls and sharp-shinned hawks.

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The Lake Erie marshes gained fame during the late 1800s as some of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the United States. Wealthy sportsmen vied to purchase choice hunting sites, and as early as 1890 much of the wetland area was being operated for private shooting. By the end of 1951 the entire 30,000 acres of remaining marshland along Lake Erie, from Toledo to Sandusky, was under private club ownership. Today, the region still supports some of the most intensively developed and managed waterfowling clubs in the Midwest.

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Birding the trails and eastern section of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio
Notes to accompany the birding map provided by Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Note: this is not an official refuge map. Staff of Ottawa NWR were very helpful in providing information, but this map was produced independently, and any errors are not the responsibility of Ottawa NWR or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Trails, roads, and other areas shown on the map may be temporarily or permanently closed to the public, and visitors must always observe such closures.

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Sandusky County
LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area lies between the south shore of Sandusky Bay and State Route 6 in Townsend and Riley
townships, Sandusky County. The area totals 3,200 acres. The majority of the area has been restored to wetland
with the remainder in woods, brush, and native grassland. Pickerel Creek flows through the western half of the area, forming a high quality freshwater estuarine habitat.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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