We´re in Panama for a couple of days. This is the beautiful sunrise off the Bay of Panama from our balcony this morning.
The Bay of Panama is a stopping point and wintering area for more than twenty-four migratory birds from North America heading for warmer climates. A court decision in 2013 rescued, at least part of it from destruction. As in much of Panama, the environment in the area is endangered by development and pollution. The bay is also home to a large fishing industry and the mangroves and wetlands supports other endangered animals including jaguars, tapirs and sea turtles.
In the past the government has allowed important wetland areas and mangroves to be filled to allow for development, hopefully this is a step in realizing the importance of protecting the ecosystem. There is also an ongoing project to improve sanitary conditions in low-income neighborhoods and to reduce pollution levels in city streams and rivers by upgrading and expanding the sewage system and potable water systems to clean up the Bay of Panama. Now if they could only get people to stop dropping garbage on the roads…
Good morning and Feliz Lunes from the city!