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It has been an exciting and rewarding month for us here in Panama. First of all, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Global Big Day was a very memorable event indeed. We feel honored that they chose us to be their host. The Big Day itself was a huge success, and great partnerships were developed and ecotourism and bird conservation were promoted in Panama and worldwide. It was so heartwarming to see the world come together for birds! We are also proud that Panama, a small nation with only 3.6 million inhabitants and 80,000 km2 of total area, ranked No. 5 in the world in the number of species seen during Global Big Day!
Even more great things are happening in Panama for conservation with the launch of the new Green Tourism Initiative. We hope to see ecotourism and environmental protection on the rise as we improve the accessibility of Panama's national parks for the enjoyment of birding and nature for many generations to come. Great things are happening in Panama, we invite you to join us here and see it for yourself!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Cornell’s Global Big Day a HUGE success in Panama and worldwide for Birding Conservation!
We were thrilled when the team from Cornell Lab of Ornithology approached us about doing an international "Big Day" in Panama, and honored that they asked us to be their host. After months of preparations, the big day was held on May 9. Team Sapsucker completed a full 24 hours of birding in central Panama, tallying a total of 320 species! Prior to the big day, the Cornell Lab team collaborated with the Panama Audubon Society and Canopy Family to spread the word of bird conservation and eBird in Panama, conducted a full-day “Big Sit” at the Canopy Tower on Sunday May 3, and scouted all the birding sites. The main goals of the Global Big Day were to see 4,000 species of birds worldwide submitted to eBird, and most importantly, raise $500,000 for bird conservation projects. Overall, the Global Big Day tallied over 6,000 species around the world in one day with over 13,000 birders in 127 countries participating – amazing! Congratulations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for their incredible efforts, we had a lot of fun with you here in Panama, a very memorable experience for us! We would also like to extend a special thanks to Panama Audubon for their incredible support during this event. Click here for more photos from the first ever Global Big Day!
Upper left: Team Sapsucker counting birds during the "Big Sit" at the Canopy Tower on May 3, tallying a total of 127 species just from the Observation Deck of the Tower! Upper right: Chris Wood and Marshall Iliff talk about eBird at the BioMuseo in Panama City on May 2. Bottom: Team Sapsucker with our Carlos Bethancourt, ready for the Global Big Day.
Presidents Unite for Panama's New Green Tourism Initiative!
On Earth Day, a press conference was held at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center about Panama's new Green Tourism inititative. A major component of this initiative is to make Panama's national parks more accessible and attractive for wildlife observation and conservation. The event was attended by many dignitaries, and here we have Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association, Raul Arias de Para, President of the Canopy Family, and Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama!
Canopy Family at the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival!
It was another great year at the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, hosted by Black Swamp Birding Observatory in Crane Creek, Ohio. Canopy Family’s Carlos Bethancourt and Jenn Sinasac spent the peak of spring migration at the “Warbler Capital of the World”, as this festival is for the birds! During this birding-oriented festival, Carlos and Jenn shared their love for birds, both tropical and temperate, with thousands of birders while leading birding hikes, giving presentations and promoting birding with us in Panama! It was nice to see so many familiar faces and make new friends, and we hope to see you all in Panama!
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Cheepers! Birding on a Budget group ready to go birding at the Canopy Tower! Special guests in this group are Liz and Jeff Gordon (front right), president of the American Birding Association. They had a fantastic time at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge in April.
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