Bird Friendly Coffee at the SCA Expo

Recently, the Bird Friendly team participated at the Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Chicago, and had the opportunity to meet with numerous community members who stopped by the booth, and hear their stories, receive feedback, and share updates.  Bird Friendly is already looking forward to the SCA Expo 2025, which will take place in Houston, … Continued

Drink Coffee, Eat Chocolate, Save Birds!

The Smithsonian Bird Friendly coffee and cocoa certification program just opened its new Latin American office at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, STRI, in Panama, making it easier for regional coffee and chocolate industries to join the global movement to produce sustainable coffee and chocolate. The Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee (and cocoa) initiative is a … Continued

The Smithsonian at the Our Ocean Conference in Panama

The 8th Our Ocean Conference concluded with 341 commitments worth nearly $20 billion, including the expansion of Banco Volcán Managed Resources Area in the Panamanian Caribbean that led Panama to protect over 54% of its oceans. During the first week of March, Panama became the first Latin American country to host an Our Ocean Conference, … Continued

A tropical perspective on marine conservation

Multidisciplinary researchers from the global tropics published a new paper suggesting that the key to ocean conservation may lie with the tropical majority. To achieve tangible solutions for ocean conservation, we should listen to the people who are most affected by the current problems facing the ocean: the people in the tropics, say 25 co-authors … Continued

Harnessing the wisdom of indigenous communities for marine conservation

By engaging directly with community members and embracing indigenous knowledge in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, a NatGeo project led by a Smithsonian scientist highlights the necessity of inclusive approaches to safeguard critical marine ecosystems and culture for future generations. There’s a cold front in the Bocas del Toro archipelago when we arrive in mid-February. … Continued

Life on a Sustainable Planet: Creating a Resilient Future for Our Oceans 

by Ana K. Spalding, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Community Based Resilience Solutions Initiative At a time when climate change and biodiversity loss are threatening our natural environments – for instance, 75 percent of coral reefs are at risk due to human impacts – it’s clear that we need to develop scalable nature-based solutions and … Continued