We are very pleased to announce that our very first canopy tower is now almost complete. We’ve been thinking about building a canopy tower on the reserve for a few years now, but there have been many things to consider – how to construct it, what materials are best to use in our tropical climate, how high to make it, the cost of building and maintaining it, and crucially, where to put it? We looked at a few potential sites and with advice from our bird guide, Adilei, we decided to build it in the secondary forest near the beginning of our São José Trail (at about 70 metres above sea-level), where the trees are not too tall. Just a short walk from the lodge, when it’s finished visitors will be able to watch canopy-dwelling birds and other wildlife at eye-level, and being located within a wintering area for Elegant Mourner it may prove to be a good place to observe these rare birds. The tower will also provide visiting local school children with the opportunity to get a birds-eye view of the forest.