mag_nav_bar.gif (2464 bytes)

03/2002

 

Toucan,picture courtesy of Marcos Díaz

 

 

A Quetzal,picture courtesy of the Panamenian Tourism Bureau.

 

 

Racket Bird


 

Harpy Eagle (harpya Harpia),picture courtesy of Marcos Díaz

 

 

Click on the thumbnails.

 

 

 

BIRDWATCHING IN PANAMA

 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 trill.

 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 birds.

 

See a map of the main birdwatching areas here! >>>