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Bob Rice, research scientist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, is featured in a video titled "A Coffee Primer for Birds and People".

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Songbird SOS created this companion piece to go along with its film "The Messenger".

Pete Marra, head of the Migratory Bird Center, and Bob Rice were both interviewed and filmed.

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