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Canopy Family

August 2013

Meet our Guest Scientists

Dr. Harold Topoff & Dr. Carol Simon

Dr. Howard Topoff &
Dr. Carol Simon

Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon are scientists recently retired from The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the City University of New York.  Their specialty is animal behavior, tropical ecology and evolutionary biology.  For the past 30 years, they have been Study Leaders for Naturalist Journeys, The American Museum of Natural History, Elderhostel, The Smithsonian Institute and several cruise lines. 

They have a passion for providing quality educational programs about the natural history of the places they visit.  They have developed dozens of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations.  

During the daily excursions on this tour, Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon, along with our expert guides, will provide insight into the plants and animals we are sure to find.  In the evenings, they will give us a presentation to further our understanding of the animals and their behaviors that we are seeing in the forest and surrounding environments during the day.  We are thrilled to have them join us for this special program!

Featured Presentations

  • Introduction to Rainforest Animals and Plants

  • Social Behavior of Monkeys of Central and South America

  • The Evolution of Animal Coloration

  • Courtship and Mating Strategies of Animals

  • Evolution of Animal Communication

And more! 

Photo of the Month

Often difficult to photograph, this male Rosy Thrush-Tanager was singing in clear view for Kimberly Kaufman, who snapped this photo along Pipeline Road during a stay at the Canopy Tower in early July.  Click on photo for larger image.

Recent Sightings and Trip Reports

Check out our recent sightings blog and trip reports for the amazing birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies seen around the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge!

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Greetings from the Canopy...

Dear Friends, 

This year, we are pleased to offer a special tour package featuring tropical biodiversity.  Tropical ecosystems around the globe are incredibly complex and full of diversity—birds, insects, mammals, frogs, lizards, snakes, trees, ferns, epiphytes, fungi—the list seems endless as to what there is to find in a tropical environment.  Furthermore, how these animals and plants behave, search for food, interact and reproduce is extremely fascinating!  

This exciting, 8-night tour features two scientists who bring their extensive knowledge and join us in a week of exploration of tropical biodiversity!  Based out of the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge, we will spend our days exploring the surrounding forests for wildlife of all forms with our expert guides.  In the evenings, our guest scientists will entertain us with fascinating multimedia presentations, complimenting what we have been seeing in the field.   

Join us November 6-14th, 2013, on this special, biodiversity-filled, one-time-only tour that will connect you with tropical environments.  Our Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity Tour is perfect for individuals, couples and families.  It will be an experience you will never forget!


   Best wishes, and I hope to see
   you here in Panama soon,


Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder

Special Tour: Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity

Itinerary, at a glance...

Jam-packed with exciting outings, this tour will visit different habitats every day, optimizing our opportunities for exploration!  Every evening, we will enjoy an informative and entertaining presentation from our guest scientists.

Day 1 – Welcome to the Canopy Tower!  Here you will meet your guides and our guest scientists, and prepare for an exciting week!

Day 2 – Our first taste of tropical forest is along Plantation Road, a great place to search for birds and aquatic wildlife along a stream.  This afternoon we will visit the famous Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, and gain a glimpse into the history of Panama.

Day 3 – We will spend the first morning searching for wildlife along the world famous Pipeline Road!  This afternoon we are off to Summit Park, Panama’s first botanical gardens and wildlife rescue center.

Day 4 – A comfortable ride on a jungle boat will allow us to experience aquatic wildlife up-close, and a visit to Ella Puru Embera Village will open our eyes to the culture of the “river people” of Panama.  This afternoon, we will change locations to the town of El Valle, in the foothills of western Panama.  

Day 5 – At higher elevation, mist-laden La Mesa and Cara Iguana Trail offer excellent opportunities to find forest and open area species of birds and mammals.

Day 6 – Discover the humid, epiphyte-draped cloud forest surrounding the highlands of Altos del Maria.  Back at the Canopy Lodge, reptile specialist Mario Urriola will bring us some of his most fascinating creatures for an up-close experience.

Day 7 – Today we will spend the day in the trails around the Canopy Lodge and Canopy Adventure, with a focus on tropical butterflies.

Day 8 – This morning we’re off to explore the shrubby grasslands along the Candelario Trail.  After lunch, a visit to the El Valle Artisan market is a great place to find authentic Panamanian molas and other great handmade souvenirs.

Day 9 – If time permits, we can observe the garden wildlife at the Canopy Lodge, then it’s back to Panama City to catch our return flights home!

For a detailed itinerary, click here

For more information and to book this tour, contact us!

Much more to come...

Stay tuned for next month's Canopy Family newsletter, with all your favorite features - birds, plants and creatures of Panama, and what's new in the Canopy Family!  Here is a sneak peek of September's featured bird... who am I?  

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