"...we are racing against time ..."
Every dollar donated goes directly to field costs, infrastructure purchases and education.
Throughout the end of 2018 and 2019 Conservación Panamá and the mammals program has been focusing on helping communities of Coclé & Veraguas 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.
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:
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
Ongoing projects in ornithology
Conservación Panamá Inc. is focusing on two major areas of environmental education in RURAL & REMOTE communities. ONE: Public school education and science experience for primary and secondary aged students. TWO: #GirlsInSTEM (#NiñasEnCTIM).
Our staff feels that science learning must be hands-on, in the field, and focus on experimentation and use of basic scientific instruments. In many areas of rural remote Panama this is just not possible. There is a clear lack of access to science learning, scientific instruments, and hands-on learning.
Conservación Panamá Inc. is bringing science education for public school children to areas of rural and remote Panama that have been largely ignored. Furthermore, we are training teachers & donating the equipment for future use in these same schools!
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!
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:
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
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.
"Environmental education in the school system or private sector is all but absent in rural and remote communities in Panama. Very few opportunities exist for children to cultivate curiosity in science."
Our GIRLS IN STEM project is designed to specifically overcome the major barriers. Bringing opportunities & extracurricular learning for girls, by women, and together with peer support (after-school program) we are creating opportunities for them to excel in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
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.
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.
Our focus on #NiñasEnCTIM is the brain-child of our founder and President and Biologist Melva Olmos.
Research has shown distinct learning barriers to girls in Latin America including: Poverty, Patriarchy, Family Influence, Access to education and lack of Government support. Poverty often limits a girls access to go beyond 8th grade in rural Panama. Patriarchy can limit a girls options for education when boys are favored over girls. Family influence often expects girls to stay home, help with house chores and child rearing, thus limiting opportunities for continued education. Access to education in rural and remote areas requires money and resources to travel and stay at regional schools. Often young girls and their families can't afford these costs and or prefer the boys. Finally, the lack of dynamic government support in rural areas exacerbates the problem.
A NOTE FROM Ezekiel: