Panama Trip Report: April 2017

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With enough planning, you can enjoy a family-friendly, bird-rich vacation in the Panama Canal zone. Any dedicated birder visiting Panama City should first consider the Canopy Tower , one of the most important and beloved birding lodges in the Americas. Panama Flycatcher.

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What is the National Bird of Panama?

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” Many share her fascination with this bird of prey, and it was designated Panama’s official bird in 2002. If you want to see a Harpy Eagle, your best bet is to follow in the shoes of Sarah Woods and go to Panama. ” Birds Harpy Eagle national bird Panama

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Veraguan Mango – Panama's ex-endemic

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic By James • March 1, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Endemism is special. There are about 60 species of hummingbirds in Panama alone, one of the region’s smallest countries. So where does this leave Panama?

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This eco-village in Panama will be constructed from recycled plastic bottles

Green (Living) Review

Plastic Bottle Village demonstrates another approach to repurposing single-use bottles. In a world where billions of disposable recyclable plastic bottles are used each year, finding innovative ways to reuse them in the area where they are collected is a noble challenge.

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Rising Sea Makes Panama Islanders Relocate to the Mainland

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Global warming and erosion of the coral reefs are threatening to submerge a lot of Caribbean islands that make up Panama. The retreat of the Panama Islanders could be among the first that’s caused by global warming and rising sea levels.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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8%: Brazil, Panama. Although it has a few more birds than Costa Rica (including reliable Harpy Eagles ) and some great lodges, in ecotourism terms, Panama seem to be Costa Rica’s “little brother” (there’s a hidden message to its tourism board).

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Diabolical Raptor Quiz: Mystery in the Trees

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I’m still recovering from several days of blisteringly good birding in Panama, including a jaunt down Old Gamboa Road. Birds ID Quiz Panama raptors

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Three Secrets to Seeing the World in Style.

Elephant Journal

It was scary stepping off the plane onto the tarmac in Panama. Adventure Blog Travel airplanes Fear of Flying flying foreign countries New Zealand On the Road Again PanamaI didn’t speak the language, didn’t know a thing about th.

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On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest by Sarah Woods

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Reviews book review Central America Harpy Eagle PanamaOne of the recurring discussions in the world of nature writing is the problem of tone. Given the sheer magnitude of the issues facing our planet, to write optimistically can feel dishonest, sometimes like a betrayal. At the same time, nonstop pessimism can burn out even the most committed activists, and gives casual readers no reason to get on board. How do we navigate these waters?

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A Retired Nurse, a Buddhist Monk and an Aspiring Sailor Walk Into a Nursing Home.

Elephant Journal

The day I met Jean (my personal hero), she was wearing a fanny pack and bustling around the med room.

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Nature Conservancy - Science

When Mendenhall learned that Meyer was using identical trapping methods to study bat populations on human-made islands in Gatún Lake on the Panama Canal, it spawned the idea for a site comparison.

Costa Rica?s Almost Endemic Trogon

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Of those, two are only found in Costa Rica and Panama, the near threatened Baird’s Trogon of which is nearly exclusive to Costa Rica. Like several other species, this fancy one evolved to live in the humid forests of southern Costa Rica and adjacent Panama.

The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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We have several quail-dove species in Costa Rica, this one is only found in cloud forest here and in western Panama. This sprite made it onto the list because its the smallest bird in Costa Rica and is maybe easier here than in western Panama.

May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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A bird of the high elevation cloud forest, this stunner only occurs in Costa Rica and western Panama. Formerly lumped with the Three-striped Warbler of the Andes, when it was split, the Costa Rican Warbler joined the ranks of other birds endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama.

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New Field Guide: Central America

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America. Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia.

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15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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It only lives in middle elevation habitats of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. The tiniest bird in Costa Rica is also limited to hedgerows and other edge habitats in middle elevations of Costa Rica and western Panama.

International Banks. A Boom or A Doom?

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In the era of mass corruption going on and news showing the swiss bank accounts and Panama scandals, offshore bank accounts are not a new term […]. Banks are an evolution for the stakeholders, shareholders, and the normal day-to-day customer. Looking at international banks, they are an epitome of the traditional banks. Let’s find out.

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2017?

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We staggered in last night from a very successful Panama vacation, with success marked both by memories made and birds seen. April showers still fall, but many flowers can’t wait for May.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2017?

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I have much to celebrate, as my family and I are embarked on a Spring Break sojourn to Panama by way of Canada. For many people around the world, the coming weekend carries spiritual meaning, symbolic of rebirth and renewal. And chocolate bunnies. And colorful eggs. And lots and lots of birds.

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Eight occur only in South America, three spill over from there just into Panama, and one reaches from South America through much of Central America.

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A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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Panama Flycatchers and Streak-backed Orioles also fed at close range. Although the hoped for Mangrove Vireo failed to show, we had excellent close studies of Panama Flycatcher and Northern Scrub-Flycatcher. One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding.

The wonderful Phainopepla

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The Black-and-white Phainoptila , Phainoptila melanoxantha from Costa Rica and Panama. Then there is the Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Ptilogonys caudatus , living in some of the high mountains of Costa Rica and Panama.

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Uncommon Yellowthroats

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The first can be found from Mexico to Panama, while the second is endemic over a fairly large part of eastern Mexico. The Yellowthroat group is an odd collection of bird species. The one migratory species, aptly named the Common Yellowthroat , can be seen almost anywhere in North America.

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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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I hope for more of those birds to appear and ride the wings of that hope for a safe end to this trying situation soon, for a time when we can watch birds together again whether that be Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, or Yunnan, China. Spring migration!

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White-collared Seedeaters

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The lower end of their territory is along the coastal areas of mainland Mexico down to Panama. Last weekend, my work had me driving to the very southern end of the Baja.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Peterson, Costa Rica, and Panama all share Robert Dean as chief illustrator.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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Part of a series of coordinated radio telemetry arrays, this station is found between other MOTUS stations in Nicaragua and Panama that automatically log data from radio transmitters attached to Alder Flycatchers, Cerulean Warblers , and other species. Bird migration!

Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

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Several other birders hit their local patches near the border with Panama, at La Selva Biological Station, the bird rich Carara National Park, and other sites scattered across Costa Rica to give us our highest GBD total yet. Global Big Day (GBD).

Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Its yodeling song is a typical aspect of the cloud forest soundscape in Costa Rica and western Panama, a region to which it is endemic. Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks.

Hummingbirds at Catarata del Toro, Costa Rica

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Black-bellied Hummingbirds can only be found in Costa Rica and western Panama. Because, honestly, when am I going to get back to Costa Rica again or go to Panama? No, you’re not going crazy.

February Birds from Costa Rica

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One of many cool bird species only found in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Growing up in western New York, February was one of the more tedious of winter months.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2017)

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He would like to nominate his first Jaguarundi as the Best Bird of his Weekend, but since that won’t fly (pun intended) how about Plain-breasted Ground Dove , his only lifer so far after a half day in Panama.

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The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

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Go birding in Costa Rica to get these avian examples of cuteness on the life list: Collared Redstart – cute and common in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Are all birds created equal? I bet a Common Raven would tell you otherwise, and so would a lot of birders.

Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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The Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner was finally split into at least two species, the ones that live in southern Costa Rica and adjacent Panama now being known as “ Chiriqui Foliage-gleaner “ Plain Wren wasn’t so plain after all.

The Royal Mile: Birding Fit For a King

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Aficionados of American birding know all too well the wonders of Panama’s Pipeline Road. In birding circles, certain stretches of road or trail attain mythical status, eliciting knowing smiles and satisfied grins when mentioned.

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Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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A bird of lowland and foothill rainforest, the Yellow-throated Toucan can be seen in most parts of the Caribbean slope and from the Carara area south to Panama. The counterpart of the Collared Aracari on the South Pacific slope of Costa Rica, this near endemic also ranges into parts of western Panama. For many folks who live in places with cold winters, toucans are the birds on cereal boxes.

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

Solar Power Ninja

The Tûranor PlanetSolar relied completely on solar energy when it left a tropic port off of the coast of Panama. A solar powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi just before the 2012 World Future Energy Summit has made a 48,000 kilometer voyage entirely on electrical power to get there.

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WWF Calls for Substantial Conservation Measures for Tuna and Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean


The members of the IATTC are: Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, France, Guatemala, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Chinese Taipei, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list.

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The 2016 AOU Supplement and the Costa Rica Bird List

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In another supplement, we learned that the Blue-crowned Motmot had become a few different species in South American and Panama but was still retained its classic name in western Panama north to Mexico.

Easy Endemics and Photography at Myriam’s Quetzals, Costa Rica

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Quetzal is THE beloved, sacred bird of Guatemala and they do live there (and in southern Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) BUT are more accessible in Costa Rica. Endemics shared with western Panama make up a fair percentage of the local avifauna and several come to feeders and vegetation behind the small restaurant (those specialties are marked with an E). Myriam’s Quetzales ! Are they her’s? Can there be a more enticing name than for a place that that?

Shorebirding in Costa Rica

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Do a couple days checking a few choice spots in the Gulf of Nicoya and a birder focused on shorebirds in Costa Rica could find all of the above and maybe even hit the jackpot with a Curlew Sandpiper , Ruff, or the country’s first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (one showed in Panama!).