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Greetings from the Canopy...
It has been a great start to 2014, with many happy birders at all of our lodges. We have had a rather “birdy” year so far, with extraordinary sightings—the most notable, a male Ruby-topaz Hummingbird has been a delight to see feeding at the verbena at the Canopy Camp daily. Check out our Canopy Family YouTube Channel for an exclusive video of this rare species in Panama! Our recent sightings blog can also keep you up to date on what we have been seeing. The more we explore, the more we will find.
Also, please visit the Canopy Camp on Tripadvisor, for our first reviews! We thank you all for your gracious comments for all of our lodges over the years, we love to hear from you!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Canopy Family at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in January
Canopy Family was represented by Jerry and Linda Harrison, retired biologist consultants and great friends, at the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida, January 22-26th. This is the biggest birding festival in the US, and the Canopy Family has been sending Carlos Bethancourt and his wife, Evelyn, for the past several years. Many people asked, “Where are Carlos & Evelyn?” We said they could not attend this year due to the opening of Canopy Camp Darien. Linda gave the “Neotropical Bird ID Workshop”, as well as the popular “Natural Splendor of Panama” presentation. Jerry and Linda also co-led early morning field trips during the festival.
It was great for Jerry and Linda to see old friends again and to make new ones, as the Harrisons are no strangers to this popular festival.
At the festival, we raffled two copies of “The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide” by George Angehr—the winners were Annika Tarver and 11-year-old Gabe Cenker. Congrats to the winners and we hope to see both of you in Panama soon!
Budding ornithologist 11-year-old Gabe Cenker, winner of a copy of "Birds of Panama: A Field Guide"; Linda Harrison representing Canopy Family at the Space Coast Birding Festival.
Featured Upcoming Tour: Eagle Optics and Leica with the Canopy Family, September 9-17, 2014
Canopy Family, Eagle Optics & Leica have teamed up for this exciting tour based at Canopy Family’s two award-winning lodges—the Canopy Tower in Soberanía National Park and the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton. This tour has a focus on the best of birding in central Panama. Through the spectacular equipment of Leica Sport Optics, see the most colorful, interesting and (even) rare birds up close. This tour also offers great opportunities for digiscoping through Leica’s superior spotting scopes. Join Canopy Family’s senior guide Carlos Bethancourt, Eagle Optics' Ben Lizdas and Leica Sport Optics birding specialists for this unforgettable trip! For more information, please contact us.
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Field Guides birding tour group, led by John Coons, at the Canopy Camp this January. They had a wonderful time, with many great sightings such as Golden-green Woodpecker, Black Oropendola and Ruby-topaz Hummingbird!
Kevin Zimmer and the VENT group spotting a Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo along the road by the Canopy Lodge; a happy group after seeing this fantastic bird!