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Greetings from the Canopy...
We soccer fans here in Panama have been mingling our time birding with watching the World Cup! Now that all that excitement is over, we can look forward to more upcoming special tours and great birding, as always. With the lazy days of summer upon us, it is a great time to start thinking about holidays for the upcoming months and year to come, so consider Panama in your travel plans. We still have great deals available for 2014!
To reach out to more of you, we have created a new Twitter page, where we are now posting more sightings, photos and links of interest. Follow us @canopyfamily!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Calling All Butterfly Lovers!
Many birders and naturalists also draw a keen eye to other wildlife in their path; butterflies have that grace, beauty and present the same attraction to us as birds do. Identifiable, challenging and enjoyable to watch, butterflies have become very popular! Hundreds of species have been recorded in Panama alone, from tiny hairstreaks to iridescent morphos. Our biologists and guides have created a new tour to offer at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge, Panama's Brilliant Butterflies.
This tour will debut December 14-21, 2014, guided by our resident butterfly expert Tino Sanchez. Informative talks, visits to many different habitats in foothills cloud forest and lowland rainforest, and the possibility to see hundreds of tropical butterfly species await you! For more information and a detailed itinerary, click here. Spaces are limited so contact us now to book your spot.
Featured Tour: Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity
Tropical ecosystems are extremely diverse in comparison to their temperate counterparts. Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity focuses on the biological diversity—birds, trees, mammals, insects, plants, fungi, amphibians & reptiles—of two tropical forest ecosystems. Based at the Canopy Camp and the Canopy Lodge, explore lowland forest and cloud forest with our guest scientists, Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon, formerly of the American Museum of Natural History and the City University of New York, as they share their extensive knowledge about tropical biodiversity. Their entertaining evening presentations will further complement what is seen in the forest. Contact us for more information and to book your spot, as spaces are limited.
Rebekah Mayhew and Tom Lawrence, researchers from the University of Stirling in Scotland, conducted a morning of canopy bird surveys from the observation deck of the Canopy Tower on June 25. While studying birds at ground level is well-defined, methods for studying canopy species are not as efficient. Tom hopes to test the existing methods as well as new ones for the study of canopy species. They spent the morning with us to set up their preliminary surveys, taking audio and visual data.
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Highly-acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver (second from left) and her family stayed at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge in late June. Here they are enjoying the veranda and the bird feeders at the Canopy Lodge.