Partners in Flight coming to Snowbird

Aug 23, 2013

An international bird conservation conference is coming to Utah, and some local coffee brewers will be there along with their message of environmentalism.

The Partners in Flight conference is coming to Snowbird ski resort near Salt Lake City. The event promises hundreds of scientists, conservationists and government officials from around the world, all focusing on conservation efforts for America’s declining bird populations.

Canadian bird artist, writer, naturalist, and conservationist Barry Kent MacKay has “always been an admirer of birds, anxious to see them, paint them, and care for them.”
Credit Barry Kent McKay for / Environment for the Americas

Randy Wirth and his wife Sally, the founders of Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company in Logan, Utah, will be attending the conference, selling coffee and spreading the word about the environmental impact of growing coffee beans.

Specifically, they will be promoting Smithsonian Shade-grown and bird friendly coffee, a certification that their coffee holds.

Caffe Ibis coffee is also fair-trade certified and organic certified. Wirth said he wants to promote this “triple-certification” for growing coffee while at the convention.

Wirth says he also hopes to promote the importance of biodiversity.

The Partners in Flight conference takes place August 25 through the 28th at Snowbird. For more information on the conference and how you can attend, visit

Eric is from Las Vegas, Nevada and studies broadcast journalism at Utah State. In joining the Utah Public Radio family, he has now delved into each of the "Big Three" of journalism: print, television and radio. His dream is to someday live and report the news in Chicago, Illinois (or wherever his career takes him.) In addition to reporting for UPR, Eric is the copy editor at the Utah Statesman and contributes to Aggie TV News.