Bradley Family Canopy Crane and Forest at Parque Natural Metropolitano

Visit one of the most studied forest canopies in the world, the upper canopy of seasonally dry tropical forest that can be accessed from the canopy crane located in Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panama City. This park was the location of the world’s first canopy crane, which STRI began operating in 1990. The original crane was recently replaced, and the newer crane, made possible by a generous donation from the Bradley Family Canopy Crane, enables access to an even larger area, including over 80 tree and liana species. This site has hosted numerous studies on canopy plant, arthropod, and microbial eco-physiology, diversity, and ecology, as well as ecosystem science. The activity will be led by STRI Senior Scientist Klaus Winter. Join us for a visit to the dry side of the trans-isthmus precipitation gradient and enjoy the views of the forest canopy, the city skyline, and the Pacific Ocean.

General information

Date: June 17, 2024

Location: Parque Natural Metropolitao

Organizer: Klaus Winter with Edwin Andrade

Email: winterk@si.edu

Cost per participant: $80.00

Participants: Minimum participants 5 / Maximum 10 participants

Registration deadline: May 31, 2024

Schedule

Group 1

7:00 AMDepart Gamboa
8:00 AM – 10:00 AMAt Parque Natural Metropolitano. Participants will be divided into groups of 5, with each group having a 45-minute block of time on the canopy crane with the trip lead. Participants will also go for a guided hike in the forest near the crane.
10:00 AM Group 1 returns to Gamboa.

Group 2

9:00 AMDepart Gamboa
10:00 AM – 12:00 PMAt Parque Natural Metropolitano. Participants will be divided into groups of 5, with each group having a 45-minute block of time on the canopy crane with the trip lead. Participants will also go for a guided hike in the forest near the crane.
12:00 PM Group 2 returns to Gamboa.
1:00 PMThe second group arrives back in Gamboa Rainforest Reserve.

Participant physical demands and responsibilities

Bring appropiate clothing, boots, hat, bug/insect repellent and suncreen.

Notes: A 100% reimbursement will be made for FIELD TRIPS and FIELD COURSES (workshops) if STRI is not able to carry out the trip or if the field trip/field course does not meet the minimum requirement of participants.