What’s In a Name?

Watch [woch] from old English wæccan “keep watch, be awake,”


  1. To keep under attentive view or observation, as in order to see or learn something; view attentively or with interest.
  2. To keep guard or remain vigilant, as for safekeeping.


  1. Close, continuous observation for the purpose of seeing or discovering something.
  2. A keeping awake for some special purpose; a period of time for watching or keeping guard.

What’s in a name? Why are we Canopy – Watch International?

We work in the forest canopy, the space where the sun and wind hit directly on the leaves; where life happens in photosynthesis, the growing of fruits and seeds, and the rainbows of birds who feed upon them; where from the greatest heights of trees we can view the rest of the world below us.

We are watchful. We see, observe, film, record, and learn. We take extended expeditions into the trees where we witness events that only come with silent waiting. And we create media to share, so that the world can watch and appreciate the canopy with us from wherever you are, even when you’re on the ground!


David Anderson observing birds from the canopy of the rainforest in Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras.
photo © Roy Toft

We keep guard over the forest canopy. Deep forests are being swept under the roads of oil exploration, illegal gold mining, and clearing for agriculture. We document the life of the canopy for all to know the beauty we share, and stand to lose.


Share the canopy, save the forest