A Rich Life in the Sweet Gulf

This painting makes me endlessly happy. As does this magical hidden paradise I’ve been so fortunate to call home for the past four months nestled here within Piedras Blancas National Park alongside the sweet Golfo Dulce..
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The painting was a gift from a dear, longtime friend of mine and is the perfect representation of this richly biodiverse wonderland that I’ve been so fortunate to spend the past four months exploring and sharing with a diverse array of similarly nature-adoring folk. I learn something new practically every moment, both about this place and all the life that exists within it.
Furthermore, I’m learning about life off-the-grid and how a successful, fully sustainable and environmentally conscious ecolodge should be run.
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Critically endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga

By being here, I’ve had a chance to see many changes from week to week, month to month: I’ve welcomed the arrival of rare birds that visit our forest at specific times of the year to forage, seen changes in what plants and trees are flowering or fruiting, followed the courtship and nesting periods of different bird species in relation to food availability, enjoyed the presence our familiar northern songbird migrants (which will soon be heading back north to breed!), followed the movement of the various


Three-toed Sloth

species of monkeys that move in troops throughout the forest as well as the occasional sloth that occupies our cecropia tree and I have continually observed with fascination and glee a seemingly endless variety of life that traverses the forest, garden and of course our beautiful Golfo Dulce…here at Saladero, there’s always something new going on and there’s still oh so very much yet to be discovered.

It’s been a fantastic ride and I’m stunned at how quickly time is passing. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying every moment and am cherishing every new experience I have here. Harvey and Susan have made

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Mantled Howler Monkeys

this breathtaking paradise that already was Saladero into an even more magical corner of the earth where people can come learn about and be one with the forest & the sea while experiencing all of the wild complexities that makes this a part of one of the most biologically intense places in all of the world. May it forever carry the heart and soul that was so dearly put into the beautiful entity that is Saladero Ecolodge. And what an unbelievable honor to have had this chance to add a bit of my own love to the mix.

About Stacey M. Hollis

Tropical guide and naturalist at Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge on Isla Bastimentos set within Panama's Caribbean Bocas del Toro archipelago. My aim is to share my passion for birds and the awesome biodiversity of the tropics while spreading the word about the importance of environmental conservation.
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2 Responses to A Rich Life in the Sweet Gulf

  1. Pingback: Snorkelsizing, it’s a thing. | feathersawry

  2. DEH says:

    Loved this piece! Missing you here in Sarasota, but Love that you are having so many magnificent experiences…Love Grandy


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