We’re excited to introduce our new activity to discover the insects and other small animals of Cocobolo – starting August 2017: BugCamps!
BugCamps are week-long immersion trips to experience firsthand the rainforests and cloud forests of Central Panama and discover the amazing diversity of tropical insects and other small animals. They’re designed primarily for people who are interested in nature, insects and tropical biodiversity but didn’t get a chance to experience it yet, either because it was daunting to organise such a trip or simply because they haven’t found yet an easy, fun and educational way to discover the tropics.
We will organise the first BugCamp in Cocobolo from 27 August to 3 September 2017. It will be a 8-day nature discovery trip, including 6 days in the rainforests. For more information, visit www.bugcamps.com
The participation fee for this first BugCamp is 950 USD per person.
Included: airport pickup in Panama City, accommodation in double-occupancy local guesthouse in Panama City, transport to and from Cocobolo, all meals and lodging in the field station. And of course, our unconditional and complete dedication to your daily entertainment and education!
Not included: international airfare to Panama City, travel and health insurance, lunch and dinner in Panama City on day 1, 7 and 8.
CREA has been studying Cocobolo’s rich avifauna, both residents and migrants, since 2007. To study the bird populations of Panama, we rely on the following methods:
mist netting in Cocobolo Nature Reserve, identification, measurement and release;
early-morning bird walks to identify residents and migrating species;
bio-acoustics to identify birds by their call.
Climate change and habitat loss are affecting bird populations worldwide, especially migratory species that depend on intact habitat and resources in different parts of the world. Climate change is affecting the timing of the presence of essential food (e.g. insect and fruit) for migratory species, hindering their ability to successfully migrate often thousands of miles across land and ocean.
It is essential to monitor the state of bird populations to know if and which species are being affected. To do this CREA runs a bird banding station at Cocobolo and, in addition to recording resident species, records all migratory species visiting the reserve each winter. The data, when put together over time, will help us to understand how species are changing and which are most vulnerable and need attention.
Yet another reason to be thrilled about our amazing biodiversity!
Twan Leenders from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, just sent us the updated 2017 Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Cocobolo Nature Reserve, featuring no less than 113 species with gorgeous pictures and tips to identify them!
CREA announces a 1 week hands-on course in Herpetology to be held at Cocobolo Biological Field Station, where participants will learn and explore the multitude of amphibian and reptile species that call this biodiversity hotspot home. We are very happy to have both Alex Shepack and Abel Batista facilitate this course. They bring international expertise and immense local knowledge to this course. Please hurry to reserve your space. See the brochure here or click on the image below.
Award winning nature photographer and documentary maker Clay Bolt together with Wildlife Biologist and Photographer Andrew Snyder will guide participants to take compelling nature photographs in a natural setting in the heart of a Panamanian rainforest.
– Learn how to effectively evaluate and respond to a photographic opportunity in the field
– Increase understanding of photographing various types of plant and animal life, and people in the field
– Use a variety of different photographic techniques to document biodiversity and story elements
– Develop a narrative with images that cover the most important elements of a story
– Have a basic understanding of how to pitch a story to editors and various media buyers
– Five full-day stay at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve’s biological field station
– Day and night hikes to discover and document a broad array of wildlife
– Hands-on photographic demonstration and experimentation
– Evening lectures and slideshows
– Image review and discussion
Clay Bolt, the award winning photographer and co-founder of “Meet Your Neighbors” recently visited the Cocobolo Nature Reserve along with other photographers and Scientists. He was part of a major expedition to photograph and monitor some of the last remaining Harlequin Frogs which have drastically declined due to chytrid disease, as well as document through photographs, some of the immense biodiversity of the reserve. In this interview Clay provides his impressions of Cocobolo and also some insight into his profession as a photographer and his deep seated commitment to conservation. See the full interview here
In the 60 years that the illustrious journal New Scientist has been around they’ve never run a photo-led feature. We are very proud and honored that they decided to break with that tradition with a story on Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History President Twan Leenders’ work with endangered frogs here in the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama, featuring photos of Clay Bolt. Research on a population of the exceedingly rare Limosa Harlequin Toad (Atelopus limosus) is predicted to give us more information on why these frogs are surviving while surrounding populations are going extinct. We hope that this information will support conservation efforts not only here but worldwide and reverse the global decline in amphibian populations.