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Panamanian mountain top retreat opens new window to magical world of hummingbirds (video)

Less than an hour's drive from the modern metropolis of Panama City is the cool, mountain area of Cerro Azul and the Chagres National Park.  Led by our guides Carlos Bethancourt and Paco Madrigal, I joined three other Northeast Ohio birders recently on a visit to the spectacular home of Jerry and Linda Harrison, retired teachers from Florida, who previously worked as naturalists with Carlos at the Canopy Tower.  The Harrisons have constructed...


Tales from the Tropics

For 10 days in late February I traded northern hemisphere winter birds for species with names like green honeycreeper, red-capped manakin, and flame-rumped tanager, as well as many other brilliantly colored tropical species.  These tropical birds were residents of Panama – that long, narrow country 2,800 miles to the south, best known for its canal...


GLOBAL BIG DAY: Birdwatchers of the World, Unite!

A joint initiative of Cornell University and the Audubon Society aims to join together scientific research and bird watching to help the conservation of birds. Panama is the first country outside of the United States selected for the project.  Since 2002, Big Day has taken place as an initiative of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (New York state). Every May 9, for a timed twenty-four hours...


Big Day Goes Global

Birders from around the world joined the Cornell Lab’s Team Sapsucker and Cornell student teams, collectively called the Redheads, to participate in the first Global Big Day for bird conservation on May 9. Birders from more than 115 countries tallied over 6,000 species for eBird—more than half the total bird species in the world.  Team Sapsucker tallied 320 species while participating in Panama...


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Global Big Day: Bird Watchers of the World, Unite! 6.37 MB Global Big Day: Bird Watchers of the World, Unite!
Big Day Goes Global 139.00 kB Big Day Goes Global


Militaire toren en Panama omgetoverd tot eco-hotel

National Geographic Traveler article featuring the Canopy Tower, accommodations, meals, tours and more.  The article, written in Dutch, outlines a typical day at the Canopy Tower, and is accompanied by beautiful photos. 


Inside the former radar tower that's now a paradise for wildlife watching

Wildlife journalist Mike Unwin accounts highlights from his visit to the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge with Naturetrek in 2016 in this article published in The Telegraph. The author won "Newspaper feature of the Year 2017" for this article at the LATA (Latin American Travel Association) media awards in May 2018.


Birding in Darien

COPA Airlines, the national airline of Panama, recently published this article highlighting the magnificent birds of Darién in their monthly publication Panorama. This article features excursions to see some of Darién's famed birds, including Harpy and Crested eagles, all while enjoying a comfortable stay at the Canopy Camp. 


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Panorama: Birding in Darien 782.00 kB Jun 30, 2017 Panorama: Birding in Darien


Why Panama is the ultimate tropical paradise for nature-lovers

The Telegraph's writer Frank Gardner writes about his week at the Canopy Lodge - guided night walks and birding adventures, ultimate relaxation around the lodge, and everything that goes along with a true Panama nature experience. 


Harpy Heaven

This BBC Wildlife article, written by Jonathan Elphick, features the Canopy Family lodges and one of the most-wanted birds for birders in the world: the Harpy Eagle. This fabulous article is full of great information about this powerful raptor and where to find it. (January 2018)


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BBC Wildlife: Harpy Heaven 10.23 MB Apr 19, 2018 BBC Wildlife: Harpy Heaven


Raptor at the end of the Road

Freelance writer Mike Unwin gracefully details a journey into the wilds of Darién to seek out one bird, the majestic Harpy Eagle, the one of the largest, most powerful, and most beautiful raptors on Earth. Wildlife and culture shine through this fantastic article from BioGraphic (April 2018). 


Birds bring the conservation message in every language

The Biggest Week in American Birding festival 2018 is all about the birds but also about the conservation, and especially sharing it among all people - no matter what background, ethnicity, or social status. Each year at the festival, Carlos Bethancourt, along with other Spanish-speaking festival guides, leads a walk for families of a local Latino Resource Center to share the joy of birding. 


Birding Benefits

This article features the Canopy Camp and in particular, the Harpy Eagle experience and how it benefits locals along the way. Author David Chandler uses this example to show how birding is integrated into ecotourism in remote areas such as Darién. This article was first published in ‘Bird the World’ a supplement to Bird Watching magazine (a UK publication).


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Birding Benefits 3.04 MB Nov 13, 2018 Birding Benefits



This special edition of VENT's VentFlash is not to be missed! VENT tour leader Barry Zimmer gives a detailed account of their Harpy Eagle experience in October 2018 at the Canopy Camp. 


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VENTFLASH #244 Panama Harpy Eagle Opportunity! 447.00 kB Nov 17, 2018 VENTFLASH #244 Panama Harpy Eagle Opportunity!
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