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We have been enjoying a good dose of "Canopy Family in the Media" recently! I hope you got a chance to catch us on Birding Adventures TV, after filming two episodes featuring Darién's Harpy Eagles and Dusky-backed Jacamars with James Currie in January, which aired on Destination America earlier this month. If you missed them, please check out their website to watch them there.
Also, in a few days, Ray Brown from Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds, a radio show in Boston, will be visiting and doing a live broadcast from the Canopy Tower on Sunday, March 22, at 9:30 am ET. Please visit their website for station listings and times. If you are not in the Boston area, you can stream the show online at their website. Enjoy the broadcast about our wonderful birdlife from right here in Panama!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Cornell Global Big Day to be held at the Canopy Tower!
We are excited to host Cornell Lab of Ornithology's team of expert birders for Cornell's first international Global Big Day! For several years, Cornell has conducted “Big Days” in North America to raise money for their conservation programs. This year, they are going international, and chose Panama as their destination and Canopy Tower as their home base. We couldn’t be more honored! Chris Wood, Marshall Iliff and their team will join us May 3-10, 2015. They will spend the week scouting along Pipeline Road, at Cerro Azul and other great birding habitat in central Panama, giving eBird and conservation presentations to local groups and conducting their 24-hour Big Day on May 9.
We support the wonderful work done by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for bird conservation and research. For their Big Day, we will be donating 10% of the bookings at all of our lodges during this week to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology toward their conservation projects. Furthermore, we will be submitting our birding day lists to eBird for May 9 in Panama to collaborate with the team on this exciting day, and encourage all of you to, as well. Join us to support this wonderful cause, and get an opportunity to meet (and perhaps go birding with) the Cornell Global Big Day team in Panama! Keep an eye out in next month's newsletter for even more information and links about this exciting event.
Bay of Panama Protection Reinstated!
In 2012, we were disheartened by the Panamanian Government's decision to withdraw the protected status of the Bay of Panama due to increased economic pressure for urban development. On February 2, 2015 (World Wetlands Day), President Juan Carlos Varela signed legislation to reinstate full protection to the Bay of Panama. This is wonderful news, as this sensitive environment comprising coastal mangroves and mudflats is one of the five principal stopovers and wintering grounds for migratory shorebirds, as well as having a vital role in filtering pollutants, protecting Panama City from floods and other potential impacts of climate change. Our dear friend Rosabel Miró, president of the Panama Audubon Society (Birdlife International partner in Panama), and her dedicated team fought for 3 years to reinstate the protection of this Important Bird Area (IBA). Congratulations to them for their hard work for bird conservation! We are proud of Panama's dedication to conservation and look forward to continuing to share this ecosystem and its birds with our guests. Read the full article here.
Save on 7-night Birding & Nature Packages in April!
Experience birding in Panama at its best with one of our signature Birding & Nature Packages at great prices. Save 10% on our 7-night packages at the Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge and Canopy Camp. Packages may be combined between multiple lodges. Select dates available for this April, please contact our reservations for more details. There is no better time to enjoy the natural splendor of Panama!
Featured Tour: Rainforest Ecology and Conservation
Connected in an intricate web, all parts of a tropical ecosystem depend on each other for life. Our upcoming Rainforest Ecology and Conservation tour will focus on biodiversity, ecology and conservation of tropical ecosystems. Join Terry Dunn, environmental specialist and author, as she brings years of experience working in tropical environments to this tour, and will supplement our days in the field with evening presentations regarding tropical ecology and conservation issues. Please contact us for more details and to book your space on this exciting tour!
On top of our signature Birding and Nature Packages, we offer special fixed-date tours throughout the year that focus on some of Panama's greatest natural experiences. Please browse all of our tours to find one perfect for you!
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Top photo: Mark Pretti Nature Tours group at the Canopy Lodge in February.