>>Destination: Tropical Travel
Conservation manifests itself in many forms. It can be a screened veranda with a jungle view, a coffee farm flush with wild orchids, or a small section of canal bank over which 1.6 million raptors fly each year. In this issue, Audubon explores places where, just a few hours’ flight south of the U.S. border, wildlife thrives because people want it to. Preserving habitat is a boon to local economies for many reasons, not the least of which is the irresistible draw of the dynamic species living there. Jaguars stealthily hunt tapirs in the tropical forests of Belize ("Top Cat"). Baltimore orioles rest in the flowering tree canopy of Mexico after a long migration ("Made in the Shade"). The calls of white-necked puffbirds and mantled howler monkeys mingle along the Panama Canal’s tangled shores ("The Route to Prosperity"). These destinations are enticing in their wildness, inviting in their quietude. You don’t have to take our writers’ words for it. Follow in their footsteps, and discover the adventure and beauty in their stories for yourself. But even if you choose to stay at home, you can still support these efforts to protect our world’s natural heritage. And you can do so while admiring warblers at your own birdbath, coffee cup in hand.
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