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Greetings from the Canopy...
October may be our rainiest month, but that’s not to deter our eager guests and guides, as this lush season brings an even greater abundance of birds and wildlife and fresh, tropical flora to accompany the experience. It is a wonderful time of year.
The migrants from North America have arrived again—Eastern Kingbirds sally from open branches while Canada Warblers forage in the trees and Northern Waterthrushes bob around on the ground. It’s a great time of year, and with the return of the migrants, we boost our daily checklists even more! October is also the peak of the hawk migration season, and our official raptor counter, Cesar Pinzon, is on the observation deck of the Canopy Tower daily, counting tens of thousands of Turkey Vultures, Mississippi Kites, Broad-winged and Swainson’s hawks as they pass through the isthmus to their wintering grounds. Check out this year's hawk migration reports from the Canopy Tower. To experience the best of the hawk migration here in Panama, check out our Hawk Migration Spectacular tour.
Last month we launched the new Canopy Camp Darien website, and thank you for your views, it was very well received! Keep checking in as we have started posting recent sightings, including the first reports of Blue-and-yellow and Great Green macaws, from the new eco-lodge. Construction is coming to an end soon, and we will be ready for you in 2014!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity – two spaces available!
We are looking forward to our upcoming Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity tour, November 6-14, 2013. This exciting tour features guest scientists, Dr. Howard Topoff and Dr. Carol Simon, bringing with them a wealth of information about Neotropical environments, joining us as we explore the forests around the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge for birds, mammals, butterflies and more. In addition to finding animals in the forest with our expert guides, our guest scientists will entertain us nightly with fascinating multimedia presentations. We have had a last-minute cancellation and are offering two spaces on this tour for a discounted price of $2360 per person, a savings of $590! Please contact us to book your space on this special one-time-only tour. We hope to see you in November!
Canopy Tower: Wildforests Best Ecolodge 2013
We are happy to announce that the Ancient Forests Foundation has selected the Canopy Tower as one of the receipients of its annual awards, Wildforests Best Ecolodge 2013. This award is presented to ecolodges all over the world that engage in ecotourism and its supporting role in promoting conservation in terms of service, engagement of the local community, regional conservation and sustainability.
Venice Area Audubon Society enjoying birdwatching this October at the Canopy Tower (left) and Canopy Lodge (right)
Many of our guests choose to visit both the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge. We offer tours that spend time at both lodges, which allows our guests to explore different habitats and to see different species. Soon, the Canopy Camp in Darien will be open, maximizing diversity for the ultimate, 3-lodge birding holiday!