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Bird counting in Panama
Saturday, May 5 is an important date for bird watchers around the world who will unite forces to identify and count the greatest number of this species in each country. “Global Big Day” is a competition sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that invites everyone from around the world to look for birds on the same day every year and submit their observations to https://ebird.org/home.
The data collected from the submitted checklists are used by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to learn more about birds and provide insights on how to protect them.
Panama is participating in this event and the goal this year is to be in the top 10 countries in the world where the greatest number of birds can be seen. The Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, a center created and managed by the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation, is offering free bird watching training this Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located 45 minutes from Panama City, at only 3 km from the town of Gamboa, next to world-famous Pipeline Road. For more information about the course call 306-3133.
Around 50 local groups formed by volunteers, tourist guides and scientists are preparing to count the largest number of bird species in one day. They will cover the jungle areas of Darien province, the Ngäbe Buglé Comarca and the Teribe region, also Bocas del Toro, areas of the country where they are more likely to find less common species.
If you are in Panama City you can be part of this extraordinary activity by joining the volunteers who will count birds at the Soberania Natural Park in Gamboa. You only need to contact the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. The bird counting will begin at 9:00 a.m.
In this fourth edition of bird counting, volunteers all over the world expect to surpass the results obtained in 2017 which was of 6,635 species and established a new record.
Last year, Panama occupied second place in the Central American region with 585 species, surpassed by Costa Rica with 647, while at world level the Isthmus was in eleventh position. The first year of the international competition, in 2015, Panama occupied the sixth place and in 2016 the ninth position.
The Isthmus has registered more than 940 species of birds that can be found in the Soberania and Metropolitan parks, in the capital; in the Chagres National Park, between the provinces of Panama and Colón and the Darien National Park, in the province with the same name.