Greetings from the Canopy...
On September 30, Panama opened the BioMuseo, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Exhibition halls feature the great biodiversity of the isthmus, where more species of birds, mammals and reptiles have been recorded than in the USA and Canada combined. Naturally, Panama is the perfect place for this exciting new attraction at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, where two continents meet. A visit to the BioMuseo is a great addition to any nature enthusiast's adventure in Panama.
The response to our new tour, Panama’s Brilliant Butterflies, has been gratifying. We are excited to explore the fascinating world of butterflies and are looking forward to our inaugural tour coming up in December; there are still a couple spaces remaining, please contact us for more information.
We are also introducing a new newsletter feature, “Upcoming Deals”. Keep an eye on this section for special deals and promotions at the Canopy Family lodges.
Best wishes, and I hope to see
you here in Panama soon,
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
Canopy Family News
Introducing "El Arpía"
Canopy Camp's Rugged Birdmobile
Darién is Panama's least-inhabited, most biodiverse province, home to dozens of regional endemics and some of Tropical America's most sought-after birds and animals. Birding in Darién is somewhat adventurous-—its rugged landscape and winding, bumpy roads are part of the grand experience itself! Naturally, we have the best birding vehicle to handle the rugged terrain. Meet "EL ARPIA", Canopy Camp's rugged 4x4 Landcruiser birdmobile and the newest member of the birdmobile family, named after our majestic national bird! El Arpia seats up to 12 passengers in the back and is ready to go birding in Darién!
A Harpy Eagle Story
In late 2008, a young Harpy Eagle was shot in Darién. She was barely ready to leave her nest, and still under the close watch of her parents. With much luck, she was rescued and hurried to Panama City where, under the diligent care of the Peregrine Fund biologists and veterinarians, she underwent surgery to repair her damaged wing. The Peregrine Fund, an organization for the conservation of raptors, has studied Harpy Eagles in Panama for over two decades to learn more about these majestic birds. When she gained enough strength, she was fitted with radio and satellite transmitters, and banded with a blue metal band with the initials “LV”. She was released along Pipeline Road on March 9, 2009, and was under close watch by Peregrine Fund volunteers to ensure her continued recovery in the wild and overall wellbeing.
On the morning of September 24, our driver Lorenzo Ibarra saw a VERY large bird fly and land in a tree beside the Canopy Tower. Excitement filled the Tower as the guests and staff, including our resident biologist Jenn Sinasac, got great looks at a Harpy Eagle perched in the crown of the large tree. Jenn saw that she had an antenna on her back from a radio transmitter and a blue band on her leg that read, “LV”. Back in 2009, Jenn volunteered on the Peregrine Fund’s Harpy Eagle project. She was there for her release and spent several months tracking her in Soberania National Park. This eagle, affectionately named “Love”, was only 2 years old at the time of her release. Now, 5½ years later, she is in full adult plumage and perfect condition.
It was a wonderful surprise for our guests and staff at the Canopy Tower. Even more, this eagle has a touching success story and we hope the best for her.
"LV" the Harpy Eagle on the day of her release in March 2009, and as a mature bird at the Canopy Tower on September 24, 2014.
November Single Room Special at the Canopy Tower!
Save 20% on a stay in the Canopy Tower single rooms during November 23-30, 2014.
Our single rooms have fantastic views of the surrounding forest midstory, and offer all the comfort as our full size rooms. This last minute deal applies to both single room rates and package deals for individuals at the Canopy Tower. Returning customers save an additional 5%. Treat yourself to an early Christmas nature vacation at the Canopy Tower! Please contact us to book this last-minute deal and enjoy birding in Panama with outstanding savings!
Great Reviews Continue for Canopy Camp Darien
Our old friend Ira Rubinoff, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, was recently at Canopy Camp Darien, and we just received this note from him:
Dear Denise and Raul,
Thank you so much for inviting me to experience the new Bird Watching resort in Darién last week-end. It was a wonderful experience and one that I will recommend to others. You are to be congratulated for your vision and for demonstrating that eco businesses are both worthy of people’s investments and an important tool for conserving the unique natural resources of Panama. Most of all, it was great having a chance to spend some time together again.
Good luck with the camp.
Check out our Canopy Camp TripAdvisor page for more recent reviews about our newest eco-lodge. In just several months of being open, we are increasing our rank as a premier lodge in Darién, Panama.
Athena, Leica's Wandering Ultravid, Visits Us
In September, Athena, Leica's wandering 7x42 Ultravid, visited all of the Canopy Family properties. Starting with a night at the Canopy B&B, she picked up some of the common backyard birds of central Panama with her wide field of view. Then she was off on a special trip to Canopy Camp Darien, where she added many species to her life list through her high-quality lenses. Athena then joined the Leica and Eagle Optics sponsored tour from September 9-16 where she continued to bird at the Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge and Canopy Adventure. She saw a total of 360 species of birds during her trip to Panama! Read all about Athena's Panama adventure on The Traveling Trinovid Blog. Well done, Athena!
Canopy Family proudly uses Leica Sport Optics binoculars and spotting scopes exclusively, the best in high-quality nature observation optics. Our guests enjoy crystal-clear views of birds and wildlife on all of our tours.
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Happy birders enjoy a sunny morning on the observation deck at the Canopy Tower in early October. Left to right: Canopy Tower guide Carlos Bethancourt, Valyn Dall, Murray Gardler, Bruce Thompson, Tomás and Concha Velasco, and Rob and Stephanie Ripma.
Red-webbed Tree Frog
The nocturnal Red-webbed Tree Frog is an appealing, medium-sized (4-5 cm, 1.5-2”) tree frog of the lowland forests from Nicaragua to Panama. Also known as the Canal Zone Tree Frog, these frogs are identified by their light-green back speckled with white and dark spots, greenish-blue armpits and groin, and silvery-bronze eyes. They have extensive and distinct red webbing between their toes. Their pale bluish underside is almost completely transparent, and their orange liver is visible. Like some other tree frogs, males have a sharp, bony spine at the base of their thumb, used in male-to-male combat. Although they are seldom seen outside of their reproductive season when they come to forest swamps to mate, peaking during the heaviest rainy periods (August-October), males call throughout the year, a series of high-pitched clucks. They are locally common in the correct habitat, and are often seen sitting on leaves in low vegetation at night in the Canopy Lodge garden.