Panama - iNaturalist World Tour

Panamá - iNaturalist Tour Mundial

We move north to Panama for the 31st stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Marking the intersection of North and South America and the Pacific and the Atlantic, Panama is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Most of the top 50 observers (e.g. @agonzalo, @jan35, @rosabelmiro, @stephane_degreef, @eliana19) are clustered around the canal zone where the two largest cities, Panama City and Colon are. Aside from @stephane_degreef who has traveled extensively in Panama, these 5 top observers here are all Panamanians (and 3 are Panama Audubon members). Elsewhere in the country, most of the top observers are visitors such as @gcwarbler, @tusee, and @timendez clustered around Bocas del Toro and @keesgroenendijk centered around Isla Coiba.

Nos mudamos al norte de Panamá para la 31ª parada en el . Marcando la intersección de América del Norte y del Sur y el Pacífico y el Atlántico, Panamá es uno de los lugares con mayor biodiversidad en el planeta. La mayoría de los 50 observadores principales (por ejemplo, @agonzalo, @jan35, @rosabelmiro, @stephane_degreef, @eliana19) se agrupan alrededor de la zona del canal donde se encuentran las dos ciudades más grandes, Ciudad de Panamá y Colón. Aparte de @stephane_degreef que ha viajado extensamente en Panamá, estos 5 observadores principales son todos panameños (y 3 son miembros de Audubon de Panamá ). En otros lugares del país, la mayoría de los principales observadores son visitantes como @gcwarbler, @tusee y @timendez agrupados alrededor de Bocas del Toro y @keesgroenendijk centrados alrededor de la Isla Coiba.

Since 2011, researchers at the Smitsonian Tropical Research Institute, namely @briangratwicke and @rcollin, have been using using and helping to promote iNaturalist in Panama through their activities and projects such as this one. But iNaturalist use in Panama has grown rapidly in the last year because of two developments. the first is the Panama City 2019 City Nature Challenge organized by @rosabelmiro and Panama Audubon. As mentioned above the three top observers are Panama Audubon members (@jan35 being their newly elected president). The second development is the new iNaturalist Panama node to the iNaturalist Network launched under the leadership of @guillermofadul and @brosisrodriguez (who happen to be the top two identifiers in Panama!) through the Panama Ministry of the Environment and other institutions. On a personal note, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop on iNaturalist in Panama this February as part of this launch. It was fantastic to meet so many great naturalists and conservation scientists from Panama including @rosabelmiro and @guido_panama from Adopta.

Desde 2011, los investigadores del Smitsonian Tropical Research Institute , a saber, @briangratwicke y @rcollin, han estado utilizando y ayudando a promover iNaturalist en Panamá a través de sus actividades y proyectos como this. Pero el uso de iNaturalist en Panamá ha crecido rápidamente en el último año debido a dos acontecimientos. el primero es el Reto Naturalista Urbano 2019 Ciudad de Panamá organizado por @rosabelmiro y Audubon de Panamá. Como se mencionó anteriormente, los tres observadores principales son miembros de Audubon en Panamá (@jan35 es su nuevo presidente electo). El segundo desarrollo es el nuevo nodo iNaturalist Panamá al iNaturalist Network se lanzó bajo el liderazgo de @guillermofadul y @brosisrodriguez (¡quienes son los dos principales identificadores en Panamá!) a través de Ministerio de Medio Ambiente de Panamá y otras instituciones. En una nota personal, tuve la oportunidad de asistir a un taller sobre iNaturalist en Panamá este Febrero como parte de este lanzamiento. Fue fantástico conocer a tantos grandes naturalistas y científicos conservacionistas de Panamá, incluidos @rosabelmiro y @guido_panama de Adopta.

As mentioned above, @guillermofadul and @brosisrodriguez are not only leading the iNaturalist Panama network node but are also the top two identifiers from Panama. They also lead in identifications of plants and birds respectively alongside @borisb who leads insect IDs. @borisb is famous on iNaturalist for his expertise in beetles around the world. Many thanks to @johngsalamander, @d_kluza and other top identifiers for sharing their expertise.

Como se mencionó anteriormente, @guillermofadul y @brosisrodriguez no solo lideran el nodo de la red iNaturalist Panamá, sino que también son los dos principales identificadores de Panamá. También lideran las identificaciones de plantas y aves, respectivamente, junto con @borisb, que lidera las identificaciones de insectos. @borisb es famoso en iNaturalist por su experiencia en escarabajos de todo el mundo. Muchas gracias a @johngsalamander, @d_kluza y otros identificadores principales por compartir su experiencia.

What can we do to help the iNaturalist community in Panama continue this momentum? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a la comunidad internacional en Panamá a continuar con este impulso? Comparta sus opiniones a continuación o en este hilo del foro.

@agonzalo, jan35, @rosabelmiro, @stephane_degreef, @eliana19, @guillermofadul, @brosisrodriguez, @jan35, @johngsalamander, @d_kluza

We’ll be back tomorrow with the Czech Republic!

¡Volveremos mañana con la República Checa!

Publicado por loarie loarie, 24 de julio de 2019


I had the opportunity to spend 3 days with @keesgroenendijk and @loesinpanama visiting the Western Azuero and Coiba, tapping their extraordinary knowledge of local and endemic species, particularly birds and fish. We also stayed on Coiba two nights, which most people don’t do because there’s no other campground or place to stay on the island. Strongly recommend getting in touch with them if you’re planning to visit the area, they have some of the best knowledge of Coiba and Cerro Hoya in here. So glad to see you featured here folks and to have helped transmit the iNat bug :)

Publicado por radrat hace más de 2 años (Marca)

I am from there, Half Panamanian and Half NZ, I lived there for 5 years, but only Joined Inat after I came to NZ.

Publicado por predomalpha hace más de 2 años (Marca)

The visit my wife and I made to the Volcán Barú area about 1-1/2 years ago was incredibly interesting. It demonstrated to me not only the obvious biodiversity of Panamanian nature, but the incredibly untapped potential of documenting so many rare and local species. No small number of my moth observations (and other inverts) from that trip were the first online images of the species ever offered. I'm eager to get back! See, for example:

Publicado por gcwarbler hace más de 2 años (Marca)

Panama is a fantastic country, the nature is breathtaking. The three months of taking photos in the Panamanian nature were the most exciting of my life - you just didn't know which creatures were waiting for you a few meters away.
Like @gcwarbler, I also was lucky that some of the organisms I posted were first observations for iNaturalist in total and others the first for Panama on iNaturalist. Unfortunately many species are still not identified, but for the ID´s, which I got until today, I would like to thank @guillermofadul , @borisb , @ashergunn , @wongun , @jasonrgrant , @johngsalamander and @nickbedard in particular. You were and are a great help! At this point I would also like to thank Linda Giroux, Alexander Sanches and Daniel Di Palma, who are not members of iNaturalist, but have teached me a lot about Panama, its nature and its people.
I still have a lot of photos from this time, which are not yet sighted, sorted and posted due to lack of time, mainly moths, plants, but also other organisms.
I can recommend every nature lover, biologist or photographer to visit a tropical country - the biodiversity is incredible! But who knows for how long we still can see it, enjoy or keep research on them, because mankind is on the straight way to destroy this wonderful planet and finally itself. What bothered me the most in Panama was the garbage lying around everywhere, even in the jungle and the nature reserves. It was especially bad on Isla Colon (Bocas del Toro), but also in the less central parts of Panama City, while in El Valle de Antón it really looked quite passable. It made me very sad that people are simply not able to think a little about what the consequences are...

Publicado por tusee hace más de 2 años (Marca)

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