"Panama is a herpetologists dream, a wonderland of undescribed species that equate to decades of exciting research..."
Melva Olmos our President & Director of Mammalogy is working hard in the semi-autonomous indigenous region of the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca. This is a major part of the Central American Jaguar bio-corridor in Panama. Unfortunately Wildcat-Human conflict is common here. We are working hard on solutions for both the impoverished communities & the Jaguar to coexist with simple but effective strategies. These strategies include:
1. INVENTORY, Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, Llanos de Tugrí
2. IVENTORY, Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, Bocas de Remedios
The Glow-throated Hummingbird is in decline due mostly to habitat loss as a result of extreme poverty in the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca. With an "extreme poverty" rate of up to 80% in much of this region, conservation is truly a luxury that few can afford.
Conservación Panamá Inc. is dedicated not only to conservation but to the communities in which we work. When you are worried about where the next meal might come from it can be difficult or even impossible to prioritize conservation. Understanding this, our organization, is bringing common sense solutions to both poverty & conservation where everyone wins.
Our ongoing plan is to bring resources to the community that helps them climb out of poverty and also furthers our efforts in conservation.
In donating to our organization, every dollar, goes directly to fund field program activities. To cut down on habitat loss, we have introduced the BioLite Basecamp stove, which burns many times more efficient than the traditional open flame fire-pit. We are bringing ecotourism training which leads to a livable wage and a respect for the environment as a resource. We are also starting "pay for ecosystem services" programs for landowners who sign agreements to protect and preserve important habitat. These are only a few examples of what we are trying to do but we are racing against time and we need your support:
Dir. Ornithology, Ezekiel Jakub
Outside of the Darien, the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, is one of the most remote and difficult to access areas for conservation research. We have focused on this area specifically for this reason and for the general lack of up-to-date knowledge in the Comarca. Please consider donating to directly fund our field expeditions to this region of the Talamanca mountains to further our scientific knowledge and help continue our conservation projects.
Knowing where and what type of habitat and ecosystem the species exists in is vital to creating a conservation plan. Study of the environment is as important as the species itself!
1. Bioacoustics, Dusky Antbird, Regional morphotypes and dialects
2. INVENTORY, Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, Llanos de Tugrí
3. INVENTORY, Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca, Bocas de Remedios
4. Winter Conservation of the Golden-winged Warbler, Panama
Throughout the end of 2016 and 2017 Conservación Panamá and the mammals program has been focusing on helping the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca community of Bocas de Remedios in stopping wildcat-human conflicts. Please consider donating to this extremely important work so the community can live in peace with these majestic wildcats!
Conservation and implementation without the support of the local community just doesn't work. Its a "must" to have the communities we work within cooperating every step.
Ongoing projects in ornithology
Working alongside our ornithology program we are also doing basic inventories of "herp" species in select locations in the Talamanca Mountains in the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca. There are not only endangered endemic species residing here but possibly even undescribed species unknown to science.
Knowing and understanding the life history of the species is of the utmost importance to create a realistic and effective conservation management plan.
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A NOTE FROM MELVA:
A NOTE FROM Ezekiel:
Community participation is vital to our success model for conservation. When we include communities in the decision process and field work they directly affect the outcome. When the community is intimately involved we all succeed.
We are proud to have as part of our team residents of the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca who work alongside Conservación Panamá and the communities where they live.
Every dollar donated goes directly to field costs, infrastructure purchases and education.
projects in herpetology
5. Tourism & avian survival. The effects of "callback" on circadian rhythm and behavior in a lowland tropical humid forest.
6. Conservation for Profit: Agroforestry management and migratory birds.
"...we are racing against time ..."
The Glow-throated Hummingbird is a Panamanian endangered endemic with a declining population due to habitat loss. We know next to NOTHING about this species.
We are striving to save this species habitat, understand its life history and discover if any specific and ecologically important services are provided (pollinating) by this species in decline.