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Puerto Lara Celebrates 6th Christmas Bird Count

This year’s count was carried out by a multi-communiity and multi-national crew, organized by Christmas Bird Count coordinator, Jairo Cheucarama.

On January 5, 2024, 32 participants over 18 hours counted 142 species and 1,225 total birds along four routes in Puerto Lara. Puerto Lara birders (20 of them) were joined by Wounaan bird guides from Rio Hondo and Rio Platanares, Rosalinda Mepaquito, Alexander Osorio, Lilin Osorio and Isaia Puchicama; the staff of the ecotourism project, Aris Delgado, Osiris Camargo, Keruby Membora and Chenier Carpio; Scott Hecker, Marsha Kellogg, and Spencer Purple from the United States and Ricardo Paguerdini from Italy.


Global Big Day is an annual event organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in which birdwatchers from around the world come together to document as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period.

Eberti Barrigon of Rio Platanares recorded 90 species and Mende Puchicama, Rosalinda Mepaquito and Alexander Osorio of Rio Hondo recorded 78 species on Global Big Day. Their counts contributed to the total 387 species counted in Panama during this global, one-day bird count and conservation event.

According to eBird, globally, more than 63,000 birders submitted 156,000 checklists, contributing to the observation of more than 7,725 bird species. Colombia led the species count with an astounding 1,526 species recorded, followed by Peru with 1,428 species, and Brazil with 1,201 species. 



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