We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new co-branded Single Origin 91% Costa Rica Dark Chocolate bar! The purchase of this delicious organic and Fair Trade chocolate benefits Costa Rican farmers, wildlife and many migratory birds that summer in North American gardens and winter on Costa Rican cacao farms. For more than a century Audubon has worked diligently to conserve and restore natural ecosystems that benefit birds, other wildlife and habitats.
The cacao used to produce this bar of chocolate was sourced within or close to “Important Bird Areas”, sites that have been identified as critical to the survival of birds and other wildlife. These sites help
Audubon and other organizations prioritize conservation efforts. Theo chocolate, the first bean-to-bar organic and Fair Trade chocolate maker in North America is supporting efforts to recover the ecosystems many birds rely on. The Painted Bunting (which is featured on the front of our new co-branded label), often described as the most beautiful bird in North America, is suffering from long-term population declines and relies on the Important Bird Areas of Costa Rica during the nonbreeding season.
IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS Building a Global Network of Conservation
For more than a century Audubon has been conserving, protecting and restoring ecosystems for the benefit of birds, wildlife and habitats. Today, recognizing the need to go beyond our borders to be truly effective in conserving birds that breed in the USA, Audubon has joined a global network conservation organization known collectively as BirdLife International, dedicated to the conservation of high priority sites for birds and other biodiversity known as Important Bird Areas. These critical sites are identified
nationally, from data gathered locally, using internationally standardized scientific criteria.
THE PLACES THAT COUNT
By identifying and protecting the places most critical to birds’ survival, the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program guides and prioritizes vital conservation efforts. It enables Audubon and other organizations to engage people in local conservation and restoration work that has a global impact, creating a better future for birds, people and nature.
YOUR CHOICE IN CHOCOLATE COUNTS
The cacao in this chocolate bar is sourced from farms in Costa Rica located within or adjacent to Globally Important Bird Areas. Theo works closely with these farmers, helping them improve the sustainability of their practices to increase productivity and disease resistance while retaining crop and soil integrity. Theo’s commitment to teaching farmers environmental stewardship is helping both maintain and advance the local ecological integrity in these critical areas for conservation.
A GROWING, GLOBAL SUCCESS STORY
The iba program reaches beyond our political and geographic borders, connecting Audubon’s usa conservation efforts to protection of species and habitats across the hemisphere and beyond—a truly
global conservation model. In the usa, Audubon staff and volunteers have already identified more than 2,300 local IBA's, covering some 300 million acres of vital habitat across 41 states. Here, we focus our conservation work, with special emphasis on ibas deemed Globally Significant by BirdLife International. Together with other BirdLife Partners across the Americas, we seek to preserve these sites in concert with other Globally-Significant ibas to aid imperiled species throughout their perilous migratory journeys.
Theo Chocolate and the National Audubon Society thank you for your support.
Choices make the difference!
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