The mother nature has been kind with Panama, for
their strategic geographical position enjoy to world level of a high biological
diversity that have become stage of the most important investigations on plants
and animals of the tropical regions of the earth it.
This biodiversity obeys forests cloudy and extensive coastal atmospheres
in great measure to the variety of environments that includes forest tropical
first floor. Because of this,
the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has set its research base
in places of exuberant nature that are true natural laboratories like Galeta Island near the entrance of the Panama
Canal and the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro both in the Panamanian Caribbean.
One of the more outstanding elements of the
Panamanian biodiversity are their birds many of which they are endemic or
registered only in this region. Between
the places more visited by the birdwatchers are the areas next to the Panama
Canal, where the Metropolitan Natural Park, on the Camino de Cruces and the
Soberania National Park are the favorite place for the observation of birds
especially in their North part in the famous the Pipeline Road (Camino del
Oleoducto), without stopping mentioning the Camino de Plantation and the Sendero
Natural El Charco; other important places are Madden’s dam, next to the
Chagres National Park. The Natural
Monument of Barro Colorado, shines with own light, because its isolation for
more than 80 years, have developed an impressive habitat of birds.
In the Caribbean coast the area of the former military base of
Fort Sherman and the historical Monument of the Colonial Spaniard Fort of San
Lorenzo. West of the Panamá City
stands the Campana National Park, and east of the city is Cerro Azul.
The fan of options in order to observe birds
is wide, you are is interested is advisable begin under the orientation of an
expert and with the help of the specialized book like the Guide of Bird Panama,
The Birds Panama of the Dr. Robert Ridgely or The Birds South America".
The first observations could be carried out in the natural protected
areas that surround the Panama Canal, where an astonishing and
appreciable number of species exists that they will settle in front of your eyes
and the photographic cameras.
But if you already had the experience, then
you’ll love the Darien challenges because it is the ideal place, appreciate
the impressive Harpia Eagle (harpya
Harpia) in their natural habitat it is an only experience equal as having the opportunity to watch the colored Quetzal (phraromachurs
Mocino) in the highlands in Chiriquí province or the bustling and
multicolors Guacamayas in the Island of Coiba (National Park).
From the beginnings of the construction of
the Panama Canal at the beginning of the XX century, Panama became place of
great international importance for the study and observation of birds. They register countless investigations of North American
scientists on the panamanian birds that were used as base for the understanding
of the behavior and migratory habits of many species of American birds, from
there that the Panamanian forests are considered like a sanctuary for the birds
of the American tropic, besides possessing several world marks of birdwatching.
Is from there that this country with a such a small territory is a
special cabinet for birdwatching since Panama count in it’s breast with more
birds’ species than Canada and United States together.
The Society Audubon Panama, specialists in
study, observation and conservation of birds in the world, as several [tours]
operators, toffer countless options for the observation of birds in their
offices in Panama City to have a
beautiful experience with the world of the birds and their of colors, forms and
You’re invited to know this touching aspect
of the panamanian touristic offer and to live a different experience, watching
the all the diversity of birds that one could find in a single place and confirm
the world leadership of Panama in Birdwatching with more than 900 species of