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Greetings from the Canopy...
As you know, we like to share some of our bird sightings on our website. To keep you all more accurately informed on our regular bird sightings, we are now on eBird. Our guides will be recording their sightings regularly and contributing to this wonderful resource. We are excited to share our complete sightings with the eBird community, and it is another great way to keep up with what we are seeing at our lodges. Please continue to view our recent sightings blog for exciting sightings from our lodges.
The Canopy Camp has been open for five months now! While everything has been running smoothly, we continue to add improvements to the new eco-lodge in Darien to make it even better for our guests and the environment, including solar panels and a second water tank. We look forward to adding even more environmentally-conscious products in the future to all of our lodges.
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Solar Panels Now Installed at Canopy Camp Darien
We have recently installed an array of solar panels that provide the Canopy Camp close to 100% of the energy for the entire lodge. As of now there are 21 panels of 250 watts each, producing about 4.4 kWh. We plan to add another 9 panels to produce about 6.2 kWh. With these new solar panels, the costly diesel generator we used is only turned on now in emergency situations. Raul says, “It is wonderful to produce clean electricity for our guests, and give a tiny, but not insignificant, contribution to the health of the ozone layer”.
We have also installed a second water tank to collect abundant fresh water from the Serranía Filo del Tallo foothills nearby. Here is a short video of the placement of this tank. We are fortunate to have this great natural water source for all water needs at the Camp.
Canopy Family Attends the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival
Canopy Family’s Jenn Sinasac and Eliecer Rodriguez attended the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival at the “warbler capital of the world” in Oak Harbor, Ohio last week. Surrounded by colorful warblers and migrants during the peak of spring migration (where Eliecer picked up 60 lifers!), they guided birding walks, presented the “Natural Splendor of Panama” and spoke to many past and (hopefully) future guests of our lodges, with a particular interest in the new Canopy Camp! Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman do a fantastic job promoting bird conservation through the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and partner organizations, and a very supportive and friendly birding community made this festival very rewarding.
Photo of the Month
During her recent stay at the Canopy Tower and Canopy B&B, Misty Vaughn found it fascinating that Double-toothed Kites (left) follow troops of White-faced Capuchins (right) in search of lizards and other animals they rustle up while foraging in the forest. Click on the photos for larger images.
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Another milestone! Simon Thompson and Ventures Birding Tours was the first birding tour group to stay at all three lodges during their trip in Panama this year. Here they are at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle (left). Since then, Cheepers! Birding on a Budget and TLC Birding, now coined "Tower, Lodge, Camp Birding"! (right) have stayed at all three lodges as well.
Famous birders Dodge and Lorna Engleman. Dodge and Lorna visited the Canopy Camp in April. They are old friends of Raul and, in fact, they are responsible for Raul entering the world of birding. Lorna was the instructor in a bird watching course offered by Panama Audubon in 1990. Raul took the course and got hooked in birding. Dodge, on the other hand, a world famous birder with over 6,500 species in his life list, served as mentor to Raul for several years.