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Cafe Miramundo and the Birds

Café Miramundo has an unusually strong connection to the birds of Honduras and their long term welfare.As a “Shade Grown” plantation we provide an extensive, protected habitat for both resident and migratory species.

A Smithsonian Institute study some years ago found that shaded coffee farms had the highest diversity of migratory birds other than actual undisturbed forest. Our farm at 1,200 – 1,300 meter altitude includes 20 acres of natural upland tropical forest that we preserve intact. Nature trails allow visitors access to appreciate the orchids, giant tree ferns , bromiliads and the large variety of birds.

Miramundo is an “Eco – Sustainable” certified farm (UTZ Certified) and a such is seriously invested in protecting the environment. We carefully monitor the watershed, control erosion, and maintain a natural diversity of trees in the shaded canopy.

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Bushy Crested Jays

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The farm has five year – round springs feeding small streams that support lush tropical undergrowth. Wild heliconias, ginger, and cardamom are common in these humid valleys. Of course birds thrive in this rich environment and we see noisy flights of parakeets, three species of toucans, several types of

trogans, and even have occasional visits of quetzals near the waterfalls. In more open areas of the farm we see swifts, jays, woodpeckers, and a variety of raptors, large and small.

Among our many interesting avian visitors are the:

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  • Emerald Toucanette
  • Bushy Crested Jay
  • White Breasted Hawk
  • Swallow – Tail Kite
  • Lineated Woodpecker
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Collared Aracari
  • Yellow Backed Oriole
  • King Vulture
  • Pygmy Owl

Cafe Miramundo and Macaw Mountain Reserve

Café Miramundo may well be the World’s Most “ Bird Friendly” Coffee as it has a very special relationship with one of Central America”s most important bird care facilities, Macaw Mountain . Not only is there shared ownership of the two operations Café Miramundo is roasted and packaged there and sales support the sanctuary. Macaw Mountain cares for unwanted pet birds or those confiscated by Honduran environmental authorities and includes a variety of local parrots, macaws, toucans, and raptors. The effort began in Roatan in the Bay Islands but the birds were moved to the much larger facility in Copan Ruinas in 2003. The reserve not only cares for the birds but incorporates a strong educational component that emphasizes habitat conservation and protection of endemic species.

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Our Most Fascinating Current Program

“Macaws in Freedom”

This project is the most ambitious yet at Macaw Mountain and likely will involve a 8-10 years effort. The goal is to return free-flying scarlet macaws (The national bird of Honduras) to the Copan Valley which they once shared with the ancient Maya.

It is will be a serious challenge as the valley is well populated and the “Copanecos” must be convinced to share it with the macaws. In contrast most release programs involving endangered birds are sited in protected reserves or national forests. The idea was sparked by a chance visit from Dr. Jamie Gilardi of the World Parrot Trust who was impressed by the number of scarlet macaws in Copan. Macaw Mountain had 40 birds and a smaller flock of 16 was already flying about the archaeological park and its Mayan ruins. Significantly both groups included several breeding pairs ( 7 baby birds in 2011 ) so the population could be expected to grow.

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Several months of talks led to cooperative agreements between Macaw Mountain (breeding center),

First Release of 5 Macaws

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The Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History ( Archaeological Park), the Institute of Forest Conservation
(oversees wildlife ), and the local NGO Copan Association ( Administration and education program ). Suddenly things were in motion.

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The short version of the scheme is that the bird park will oversee the breeding effort and young macaws will be released into the flock now flying about the ruins. As the numbers increase the birds can be expected to range out into the valley and hopefully the education program will assure their safety and acceptance. Can it Work? Actually it already appears to be working. The first 5 scarlets were released in July 2011. The initial year of education involved 2,500 primary school children and included visits to their classroom by

a real scarlet macaw. The free flying macaws are just now beginning to be seen outside the protected confines of the archaeological park. Macaw Mountain released an additional three young scarlets in April 2012. A fine start – but a long way to go!

Babys in nest box at Macaw Mountain

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