Have you been to Pipeline Road?

By Raffaele Capomolla Do you enjoy being immersed in beautiful nature? Just 50 minutes from Panama City near a village called “Gamboa” there is Soberania National Park, where you can find amazing bird diversity, monkeys, sloths, insects and beautiful Flora! Hike through the historical pipeline road. Oh, what is the pipeline road? During World War…

EcoCircuitos Business Objectives

By Annie Young J. A while ago I heard the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. This quote really hit home for me and since I have heard it has become one of my mottos in life. Before returning home from…

Mango Mango

By Jorge Ventocilla Mango production is different every year; and every season is different for each and every mango tree. Some experts say that it all depends on the characteristics of each dry season. They also say that different branches produce different amount of mangoes and I see mangoes everywhere. Coming back from the countryside…

Panama fish catch 40 percent larger than reported

By STRI Panama is said to mean “abundance of fish.” Until recently Panama was also synonymous with bountiful fisheries. A new study estimates that between 1950 and 2010, the haul was so considerable officials could not keep tabs on more than a third of the catch. As fish stocks dwindle, this revelation may contribute to…

Tropical Forests “Fix” Themselves

From Stri Tropical forests speed their own recovery, capturing nitrogen and carbon faster after being logged or cleared for agriculture. Researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama think the discovery that trees “turn up” their ability to capture or “fix” nitrogen from the air and release it into the soil as the…

Can secondary forests capture carbon faster?

From:  STRI.org There are an estimated five million square kilometers of abandoned farmland and logged forests in the tropics. This area, which is more than half the size of the United States, could become an important carbon sink if reclaimed by forests. Within 25 years a secondary forest can absorb as much as 80 percent…

What is Smart Reforestation™?

By Stri.org Jefferson Hall looks across hills of rust-colored, nutrient-poor soils and sees a major challenge. “In the future, all the good soils are going to go to agriculture to meet the demands of a growing human population,” says Hall, the director of STRI’s 700-hectare Panama Canal Watershed Experiment. “We need to figure out how…

BEE-WARE – from STRI.org

Featured in nature documentaries including Bee Man, Panama Wild, Deep Jungle and Pollinators in Peril, STRI staff scientist David Roubik recently offered his home to experts in time-lapse photography who created a new Blu-Ray DVD called Wings of Life, for Disney Nature. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the video captures hummingbirds, bees, bats and butterflies transferring…

Butterfly walks in Panama

From STRI.org Butterflies attract the attention of scientists and amateur naturalists alike, making them excellent candidates for assessing the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Because butterflies have complex life cycles and depend upon a variety of host plants, they are sensitive to forest disturbance and climate change. “It is our duty to preserve and restore natural…

A Fantastic Journey: Part 5

Barro Colorado Island By Louie Celerier Tuesday was another early starting day, 6:00 am to be exact, in order to get to Gamboa in time for the launch to Barro Colorado, the wildlife island refuge operated by the Smithsonian Institute in the middle of Gatun Lake. EcoCircuitos was, as always, right on time. Barro Colorado…

Did you know the Shining Honeycreeper?

The Shining Honeycreeper is a small bird in the tanager family. It is found in the tropical New World in Central America from southern Mexico to Panama and northwest Colombia. It is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the Purple Hon eycreeper, but the two species breed sympatrically in eastern Panama and northwest Colombia. This…