This small bird should be acknowledged as a symbol of the many birds of the Americas. It can be easily found from Canada to Tierra del Fuego, including the Lesser Antilles and even the Falkland Islands (Argentine Islas Malvinas).
Bougainvillea plants are ornamental vines, bushes, and trees from the Nyctaginacaeae family and here in Panama they are known as veraneras. Actually, there are approximately 250 species native to South America, Brazil in particular, but only few of them are used in gardens.
February 2 was designated as World Wetlands Day, making this a good opportunity for reflecting on this matter. In 1971, representatives from all over the world met in Ramsar, Iran, with the purpose of discussing wetlands and their protection. The Ramsar Convention was then signed by representatives of all these countries, including Panama, and came into force in 1975.
They are highly recognizable. When you see a large bird grasping its prey with its strong talons, chances are this may be an osprey or fish eagle. Its scientific name is Pandion haliaetus. Pandion is a character from the Greek mythology and haliaetus comes from the combination of the words halos (sea) and aetos (eagle).
Today, the pigeon pea is very important in India, where approximately 90% of the world production is grown. It is also grown in other tropical regions as southern and eastern Africa and also Central America. Congo pea, frijol quinchancho, quinchonchillo, guandul, gandule, pois d’Angole, are some of its common names.
Byrsonima crassifolia, scientific name for the nance (Savanna Serret), is a flowering plant native to the American continent, with a natural range extending southern Mexico to Peru and Brazil. Undoubtedly, this is very popular in Panama. It is frequently found on the Pacific coast, close to either urban or rural areas and, in less numbers, in mature forests.