ACS recently returned from Panama where we are conducting a Landscape Assessment of Panama Bay. The Bay is one of the most important wintering grounds for shorebirds in the western hemisphere. As Panama City continues to develop at a rapid pace, many challenges are emerging around striking a balance between development and the protection of the coastal habitats surrounding the city. As part of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's Marine Birds Program, ACS is talking with all stakeholders in Panama City, across all sectors, to help better understand the dynamics around development and what solutions and strategies will help protect the important mangrove and mudflat habitats surrounding Panama City.