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Panama: The Great Transamerican Raptor Migration

Join Portland Audubon on a trip to one of the biologically richest tropical regions on the planet, including the Panama Canal region, and the forests of El Valle, located inside an extinct volcanic crater. While traveling through Panama we will search for familiar tropical birds, such as toucans, tanagers, oropendolas and parrots, and take time for the rare and unusual birds of Panama. A highlight of this trip will showcase the amazing raptor migration that peaks in October.

We will travel a short distance from Panama City to Gamboa and the comfortable Gamboa Rainforest Lodge where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of the tropical forest as you sip your morning coffee. The stunning birds we could encounter include Blue Cotinga, Green Shrike-Vireo, and Slate-colored Grosbeak. Occasionally raptors such as the Black Hawk-Eagle pass-by. We will visit the nearby Soberania National Park and the birding mecca of Pipeline Rd. This area is the home of up to five species of Trogon, as well as antbirds, manakins and raptors. It is possible to find some unusual mammals here as well, including Geoffrey’s Tamarin and the Tamandua

This is peak season for raptor migration, so we will spend time at Ancon Hill, where raptor enthusiasts and counters document this amazing concentration as they pass over this narrow land bridge to continue on to South America. Thousands of Turkey Vultures, Broad-winged and Swainson’s Hawks and Mississippi Kites and a selection of other species gather at Ancon Hill and begin to ride the thermals beginning their diurnal migration south.

Our final destination takes us to the village of El Valle, located inside the caldera of an extinct volcanic crater. The cool climate here makes it a popular getaway from the heat of Panama City. Here, we’ll find the Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Blue-crowned Motmot and Red-legged Honeycreeper to name a few. 

On this tour we will be staying in comfortable lodges while visiting some of the world’s prime birding destinations. Panama is a fascinating country full of emerald green forests, mountains enshrouded in fog, and moist rain-forests. As we visit these areas we will appreciate and gain a better understanding of these protected natural areas.

Register today to travel with us to Panama!

By choosing to travel with Portland Audubon, you are supporting our conservation work here in the Pacific Northwest.


Trip Details

  • Trip Leaders: Erin Law and local guides
  • Fee: $2,995 members / $3,295 non-members
  • Deposit: $1,500
  • Single supplement: TBD
  • Group size: Limited to 14 participants
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