Eric Rodríguez was born on November 7, 1994, in Los Llanitos de San Carlos, Panamá Oeste province. His passion for birdwatching began in 2018 when he started to come across groups of visiting birders in his hometown, Mata Ahogado, located near El Valle de Antón. It was then that he met Danilo Rodríguez, an enthusiastic guide from the Canopy Lodge, who fostered Eric’s curiosity about birdwatching and sharing Panama’s birds with visitors from abroad.
To learn more about birds, Eric went to the local library and found a book about the birds of Central America. He made color copies of the relevant pages and used them for over a year and a half to identify birds in his town and nearby areas. He eventually realized that not all of the species in his area were included in those pages, so he approached Danilo for information on how to obtain the most up-to-