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In September 2005, we proudly opened the 2nd lodge in the Canopy Family of ecolodges—the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton, a small village in Central Panama where my parents had a summer home and where I spent most of my childhood vacation time. This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Canopy Lodge! Since 2005, the Canopy Lodge has welcomed birders, nature lovers, families and celebrities to enjoy the charm of the western foothills of Panama and its tropical paradise of birds! For those of you who have visited the lodge in the past 10 years, thank you for coming, and to those who have not, we hope to see you soon. Here’s to another great decade for the Canopy Lodge!
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Canopy Lodge, we are offering a special birding package with a very attractive price. It is our way of saying Thank You!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
BIRDS OF THE CANOPY LODGE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Celebrate 10 years of the Canopy Lodge with us! Book your stay at the Canopy Lodge for September 2015 and receive a 20% discount. Discount applies to standard room rates and our Birds of the Canopy Lodge all-inclusive 7-night birding package. Contact us now to experience and celebrate the Canopy Lodge.
Canopy Family News
Canopy Family & ABA's Birders' Exchange donate binoculars in Panama
This year, we received 2 pairs of binoculars through the American Birding Association's Birders' Exchange, a program that collects donated binoculars, field guides and equipment and distributes them to people working to conserve birds and habitats in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thanks to our good friends Jeff and Liz Gordon at the ABA, we were able to gift these binoculars to special individuals who work with us.
Anibal Rodriguez, the grounds-keeper for a lovely property in El Valle near the Canopy Lodge, has shown us his generosity for many years to enter the yard to view a resident pair (and their young) of Spectacled Owls. His keen eyes help us to find these special birds, and his interest in protecting these birds and their habitat is contagious! We presented a pair of Bausch & Lomb binoculars to him during a recent visit. He immediately tied a string to them and put his new binoculars around his neck, eager to see the owls and other birds on the property.
In Darién, we have built a good relationship with a nearby Embera indigenous community, Nuevo Vigia. The community is located along the Turquesa River and is surrounded by extensive mature secondary forest. We visit the community with our guests to explore the trails for birds and other wildlife. In turn, the members of the community have embraced this new approach to tourism by hiring out community members as guides to accompany us and selling their beautifully woven baskets and masks. By providing this income to the community, they agree to maintain the forest. We gave Nuevo Vigia a pair of Bushnell Elite binoculars, to be jointly used by the team of guides and for those interested in learning the birds and wildlife around their homes. We presented the binoculars to the president of the community, Elida Aji, and instructed that she will be in charge of their new optics.
We are proud to involve members of the local communities we work in and promote birding and ecotourism activities in their daily lives. We have appreciated the kindness and assistance of various local friends of the Canopy Family over the years.
NEW: Hot Water Showers at the Canopy Camp!
You spoke, we listened. Even though Darién is hot year round and many of our guests relish a cold shower mid-day, we have recently installed on-demand individual gas water heaters for the showers at the Canopy Camp. We understand that at the end of the day, many of our guests enjoy a nice warm shower under the stars!
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Many happy birders this past month at our lodges! Top, David Marteney, Mark Shapiro, Lynn Anderson, Canopy Family guide Domi Alveo, Ron and Robin Marteney enjoyed a week of birding at the Canopy Lodge. Above, a group of friends from Canada, USA and the UK birded all three lodges with Carlos Bethancourt as their outstanding guide!