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We are enjoying the peak of the migration season in Panama! Everywhere you look there are migrating birds mingling with our resident species, competing for insects and fruit. The resident birds must adapt to the influx of competitors this time of year, often even changing parts of their diets.
We have also kicked off our 2015 hawk migration count at the Canopy Tower! We have been monitoring the raptor migration at the Semaphore HIll Hawkwatch since 2004. Panama is an incredible place to experience raptor migration, and almost the entire populations of some North American raptors pass through the Isthmus every year. Hawks, kites and vultures are passing through in great numbers, and so far our hawk count team—Domi, Jenn, Michael, Danilo and Cesar—have counted over 50,000 raptors over the Canopy Tower! I invite you to follow our hawk count online, we update the database daily. We offer an annual tour focusing on raptor migration, Panama's Hawk Migration Spectacular!, an ideal tour for any avian enthusiast.
Carlos & Evelyn Bethancourt will be at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival November 4-8th in Harlingen, Texas. Join Carlos on a guided walk during the festival and be sure to drop by our booth and say hello!
Best wishes, and I hope to see
Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder
LAST-MINUTE DEAL: 25% OFF DECEMBER BUTTERFLY TOUR
Join us this December for our Panama's Brilliant Butterflies tour and save 25%, a savings of $636 per person! Spaces are limited so contact us soon to book your spot on our upcoming butterfly tour. These flying jewels are very active these months and await you in Panama!
We are approaching 700 species on our Canopy Family Butterfly Checklist, and it continues to grow weekly! To find out which amazing species we are seeing on our butterfly tours, check out our recent trip reports and lists.
Canopy Family News
Canopy Family participates in 1st Forum on Ecotourism in Darien National Park
Darién National Park, Panama and Central America’s largest national park comprising an area of 579,000 hectares and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is a biologically diverse area in Eastern Panama. The park is home to 4 species of macaws, Jaguar, Baird’s Tapir and is a stronghold for the majestic Harpy Eagle. The park is also home to two of Panama’s indigenous groups living on reservations in their traditional ways. Much of its vast area is accessible only by air and river travel. Many conscientious travelers desire greatly to visit Darién for its natural and cultural treasures.
On September 17, Canopy Camp manager Nando Quiroz and Canopy Family resident biologist Jenn Sinasac attended the First Forum on Ecotourism in Darién National Park in Metetí, Darién. The themes of the forum focused on the benefits of making the park more accessible to ecotourism activities and concessions within the park for ecotourism-based operators. Nando joined the private-sector panel and spoke about the Canopy Camp, our activities and initiatives in Darién. There is much interest among the Ministry of the Environment and Panama’s ecotourism operators to explore and provide experiences in Darién National Park!
In the Press
We enjoy being a part of the local and international media. Check out these recent publications featuring the Canopy Family Lodges!
Remember the Global Big Day? It happened on May 9, 2015, when over 13,000 people from over 115 countries birded and collectively saw over 6000 species of birds worldwide! They submitted their sightings to eBird and supported global bird conservation. Canopy Tower was the global headquarters for this unprecedented event. Here is an article published in the August edition of Panorama, the COPA airlines magazine, about the event. Cornell Lab of Ornithology's seasonal publication "Living Bird" published a short article on the event as well; you can read this article here.
In March 2015, Canopy Tower was featured in a short article called "Tales from the Tropics," written by Val Cunningham for Outdoor News [Minnesota]: Backyard and Beyond.
Recent Guests at Our Lodges
Chuck Seniawski from Cheyenne, WY stayed at the Canopy Lodge in September and had a wonderful experience with guide Danilo Rodriguez, seeing over 240 species of birds including the elusive Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo!
Sabrewing Nature Tours' first tour to Panama was an absolute blast! Sabrewing owner Rob Ripma along with 5 enthusiastic guests and Canopy Family guide Eliecer Rodriguez had a fantastic 11 days at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge, seeing 399 species of birds!
Central American Agouti