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Panama Rain Forest Discovery Center



Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation involves the neighboring communities in it's projects through training programs and by creating employment opportunities.

From the very start of the project, job opportunities had been offered to members of the indigenous neighboring communities that emigrated from Darien province to the Panama Canal Watershed. Besides creating employment opportunities and training programs, we support these communities by improving their potable water systems and merchandizing their arts and crafts.
Since the beginning of 2005, Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation provides training for the members of the neighboring communities. Through this training, the members of these communities are able to learn about environmental interpretation, bird watching and English language so they can occupy specialized jobs and create local ecotourism business.


The Pipeline Road requires constant maintenance and repair due to the harsh climatic conditions of the area; this task is coordinated by the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna
Foundation together with a Pipeline Road support group that includes government agencies from the Republic of Panama, such as National Environment Authority (ANAM), Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). The support group also includes non-government organizations such as The Peregrine Fund of Panama, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON), Audubon Society of Panama, and Tour operators such as Ancon Expeditions, Canopy Tower, EcoCircuitos and Gamboa Resort.
With the support of the group, in April 2005 the first 4 kilometers of the road were fixed; in 2006, with the support of the Panamanian government, 8 more kilometers and 5 bridges were repaired.



The Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation participates in the MoSI program (Monitoring Overwintering Survival). Through this international cooperation program with the collaboration of public agencies, private organizations and independent banders in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, it is researched how the migratory bird species survive during the northern winter as they migrate to tropical countries.
To reach this goal, the Program is sustained with the collection of data between November and March, using mist nets and standardized banding on the birds, in a network of stations through all the hibernation areas of these species.
Avifauna integrates students from Panama University and members of the neighboring communities into the monitoring station, as part of the training to learn and understand bird behavior and their habitats.
Advantage Tours Panamá is one of the organizations that supports the MoSI program.