Checklists

Checklists, Guides, and Publications

With a little help from our partners in the field, our tour operator friends in Georgetown,  and some birding specialists who know Guyana like it was their own back yard, we are delighted to share with you some great lists, guides, and primers on birding in Guyana. More guides and checklists are available from Wilderness Explorers.

If you’re headed to Guyana and are looking for ways to support our fledgling tourism sector, one great way is to bring good quality birdwatching guidebooks and equipment with you to share with guides here. Contact us for suggestions of gear that is in particularly short supply. It’s always a safe bet that an extra copy of the Birds of Northern South America will be put to immediate, good use by a bird guide or his apprentice.

List and Guides for Pros and Novices Alike

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Canopy Walkway Checklist

Comprehensive Canopy Walkway Checklist
If you download only one page here, this is the one to grab.

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Bird Checklist

Canopy Walkway Bird Checklist
Ten pages of species you can usually spot – with a little time and patience – at the Canopy Walkway.

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Surama bird list

Surama Bird Checklist
Compiled by national bird expert and Surama Native Ron Allicock, this is an excellent list for birds in and around Surama Village.

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A brief article spotlighting some of Guyana’s most interesting – and sometimes common – species.

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Guyana Mammals

University of Ontarioa Mammal Checklist
Prepared and contributed by: Mark Engstrom and Burton Lim at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Guyana Herpetofauna

Herpetofauna of Guyana
Compiled by researches from the Smithsonian Institution and other leading research organizations.

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Iwokrama Fish List
One of several Iwokrama lists compiled by resident and visiting scientists at the Iwokrama Field Station on the Essequibo River.

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Guyana Mammals

Iwokrama Mammal Booklet
An older visitor guide that still serves as a useful primer on commonly-seen species in the Iwokrama Rain Forest.

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Iwokrama Mammal List
One of several Iwokrama lists compiled by resident and visiting scientists at the Iwokrama Field Station.

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Iwokrama Reptiles and Amphibians

Iwokrama Reptiles and Amphibians
One of several Iwokrama lists compiled by resident and visiting scientists at the Iwokrama Field Station.

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Iwokrama Plant Species
One of several Iwokrama lists compiled by resident and visiting scientists at the Iwokrama Field Station.

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Plants of the Guianas

Plants of the Guianas
A remarkably comprehensive catalogue of plant species compiled by the Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the University of Guyana

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Timber Trees of the Guianas
Although aimed primarily at the timber industry, this is a meticulously catalogued index of Guyana’s most important tree species.

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Vegetation Map of Guyana

Vegetation Map of Guyana
Prepared by the Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity at the University of Georgetown in Guyana

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Medicinnal Plants of Guyana

Medicinal Plants of Guyana
Nearly 500 pages of plant species found in the Guiana Shield that have significant medicinal properties.

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Rock View Lodge bird list

Rock View Lodge Bird List
An addendum to the lodge’s primary bird watching checklist.

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Iwokrama Reptiles and Amphibians
One of several Iwokrama lists compiled by resident and visiting scientists at the Iwokrama Field Station.

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More guides and checklists are available from Wilderness Explorers

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  • LOCATION


    The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated at Mauisparu, near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. We are approximately 300km (190 mi) south of Georgetown and 130km (80 mi) north of Lethem on the Brazilain border. Surama Village and Rock View Lodge are about 45 minutes away by road, and Iwokrama River Lodge is about 75 minutes away. The nearest airstrips are Annai (Rock View Lodge) and Surama, although there is an airstrip at Fair View Village adjacent to Iwokrama River Lodge. Go to our Maps page to learn more

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  • GUYANAS MARINE ECOSYSTEM

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    Conservation International explores the Essequibo River's extreme biodiversity

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    Meet Buddy, the orphaned otter from Karanambu

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    The United Nations is funding the first major study of Arapaima conservation status in Guyana's Rupununi River

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    Read about Arapaima research on the Rewa River (New York Times)

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    Endangered marine turtle populations are increasing in Guyana, but significant concerns remain

  • SPEND THE NIGHT!

    Atta Rainforest Lodge is at the base of the Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation, delicous home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The short 20 minute walk to the walkway platforms makes it the perfect way to be in the canopy before dawn! Click here to read more about the lodge...
  • ESSENTIAL READING

    Whether you're looking for a novel, nature guide, or simply an insightful introduction to the land of Guyana, these are a few great titles to start with.

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  • MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE RAINFOREST

    The Amerindians expertise with medicinal plants is centuries old. The distance from and the scarcity of medical clinics has meant that a large proportion of medical care still relies on traditional medicines. The richness of the flora in Guyana gives the ” Medicine Man ” – half herbalist and half magician – a wealth of choice from the 294 species with recognised curative properties.

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    Read about the Medicine Women of the Rupununi

    Home remedies have been around for thousands of years. Even these days about 30 per cent of prescription drugs are still synthesised from plants. In fact, the word ‘drug’ comes from an old Dutch word, drogge, which means ‘to dry’ – which is how many plant medications were prepared.

    However, it is always wise to remember, just because something is “naturally” growing from a tree, doesn’t mean it’s safe to consume.

    Our grandparents and older folks would swear of the healing properties of herbs, leaves, roots and seeds that cured diseases which they contracted. The fact that our ancestors survived proved that some of the many remedies used then, did work and have increasing practical applications today. Read More at Visit Guyana

  • FORESTRY IN GUYANA

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    Guyana's tropical rainforests protected under the REDD program provide not just natural resources but an income stream to the country.

  • Community Owned Conservation Area (COCA)

    Guyana’s first Community Owned Conservation Area is now the largest protected area in the country and is managed exclusively by the Wai Wai indigenous group. This has effectively brought more than one million acres of rain-forest under sustainable management while ensuring the continued development of the group and their traditional way of life. The Wai Wais of Konashen District in the south of Guyana received title to the land in 2004 and partnered with Conservation International and the Government of Guyana to have the entire area established as a protected area.
  • CAMERA TRAPS AT THE WALKWAY

    In 2013 we installed several camera traps in the forest surrounding the Canopy walkway and have caught some really terrific footage from these traps. Check out a few of the videos!
  • CONTACT US

  • GETTING HERE


    The walkway is situated at Mauisparu, near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. We are approximately 300km (190 mi) south of Georgetown and 130km (80 mi) north of Lethem on the Brazilain border.

    From Georgetown, there is a good all weather road running 340 km south to Lethem which passes through the Iwokrama Reserve. The walkway is a 20 minute walk, via private road, from that main north-south road. Overnight bus service (IntraServ) is no longer available, but minibus service from Georgetown and Lethem is an economical (if not terribly comfortable) option. But the quickest way to reach us is to fly into Fair View Village (near Iwokrama), Surama Village, or Annai (near Rock View Lodge) then transfer by 4X4 vehicle.

    By road, we are about 75 minutes from the Iwokrama River Lodge and Fair View airstrip, 50 minutes north of the Annai airstrip at Rock View Lodge, and about 45 minutes east of Surama Village. Our map will help you get an idea where we're located in relation to the other main attractions of the area.