In June, Columbus Audubon partnered with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to host a birding trip to Panama.
The trip was led by Barb Revard, Director of Sustainability for the Zoo and a past president of Columbus Audubon. The 8-day adventure was split between the Canopy Tower in Soberania National Park and the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton.
The total for species seen by the group was over 200! Not bad at all for a brief trip and also considering many participants were beginning birders! The amazing guides at each location deserve great credit for assisting everyone in spotting so many birds.
The group consisted of many avid gardeners and a few Master Gardeners, so plant identification and photography was also a highlight.
Additionally, the trip tally included 18 mammal species, 10 reptile species and many butterflies.
For a more detailed accounting look for an article in the upcoming July Song Sparrow newsletter.