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If you were building a new scientific research facility in Panama, who would you send to survey the grounds? In 1951, the Smithsonian sent its intrepid research duo Secretary Alexander Wetmore and Natural History taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo. Watson and Perrygo traveled to Panama annually to study and collect birds. On this particular 1951 research trip, the team stopped by the "site for [the] new building" on the Barro Colorado Island Canal Zone. That area is now known as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, an area of Panama that the Smithsonian has been researching as far back as 1910. Travel to Panama with Watson and Perrygo and help transcribe the image captions from this remarkable album! (Formatting Note: No need to describe image placement on the page! Please use [[image]] on the first line to indicate a photo, followed by a second line with the caption, and a third with the date.)
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If you were traveling abroad as Secretary of the Smithsonian, what other influential people might you meet along the way? In 1952, Secretary Alexander Wetmore met with U.S. Ambassador John Wiley Cooper, who led America's first central intelligence agency during World War II. Wetmore's meeting with Cooper (who served as an Ambassador to Panama from 1951-1953) is one of many fascinating finds in this photo album from his 1952 research trip to Panama. Help transcribe the captions from this album and get an up-close look at Wetmore's travels and daily life in Panama! (Formatting Note: No need to describe image placement on the page! Please use [[image]] on the first line to indicate a photo, followed by a second line with the caption, and a third with the date.)
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What would you do if you had the chance to retire from your job tomorrow? Former Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore's post-retirement pursuits allowed him to continue his scientific explorations. After stepping down as Secretary in 1952, Wetmore became a Smithsonian research associate and continued his decades-long ornithology research across the globe. This album documents Wetmore's first trip to Panama as a research associate. His field expedition was part of a longstanding study of birds in the region with colleague Watson M. Perrygo, a Natural History taxidermist. Explore Panama with Wetmore and Perrygo and help other volunteers to transcribe the image captions! (Formatting Note: No need to describe image placement on the page! Please use [[image]] on the first line to indicate a photo, followed by a second line with the caption, and a third with the date.)
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Did you know that explorers traveled across the Las Cruces Trail as far back as the 1500s? Hundreds of years later, the trail was traveled by someone else--ornithologist Alexander Wetmore. Former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore traveled the heavily forested Las Cruces Trail in 1959, during his annual expedition to conduct research for his book, "Birds of the Republic of Panama." Get an up close look at Wetmore's trip on the Las Cruces Trail and help transcribe the image captions in this incredible album!
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Did you know that over 500 rivers span the length and width of Panama? Traveling across Panama's rivers was an important part of how researchers, like Alexander Wetmore, explored the country. Wetmore, an ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary, went on expeditions in Panama annually--and traveled along rivers to do it, as documented in this 1959 photo album. Sail across Panama with Alexander Wetmore and join other digital volunteers in transcribing this album's captions!
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The Pearl Islands first emerged several million years ago, when tectonic plates collided, raising the sea floor. The islands later became a stopping point for explorers, from the Spanish conquistadors to former Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore. A life-long ornithologist, Wetmore studied the Pearl Islands' bird population in 1960, as part of his annual research expedition to Panama. This photo album documents his journey. Explore Pearl Islands' wildlife with Alexander Wetmore and join in on transcribing these album captions!
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Did you know that the highest peak in Panama is an active volcano? Volcan Baru is over 11,000 feet high and lies just off the border of Costa Rica, in Panama's Boqueron region--an area Alexander Wetmore traveled to in 1961! This ornithologist, researcher, and former Smithsonian Secretary took these photos while studying the region in preparation for his book, "Birds of the Republic of Panama." Get an in-depth look at Wetmore's trip through Panama and help transcribe image captions in this fascinating album!
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When Charles O. Handley returned from service in World War II, he was hired by Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore to collect birds during an Arctic expedition. Nearly twenty years later, Handley and Wetmore went exploring together in a much different climate! This photo album documents Wetmore's 1962 research trip to Panama, alongside his mentee, Handley. While Wetmore's work in Panama was in preparation for his ornithology text, "Birds of the Republic of Panama," Hanley studied the region's mammals. Explore Panama's wildlife with Wetmore and Handley, and help transcribe image captions in this album!
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Did you know that in the past decade, the Cocle region of Panama has been home to a variety of field research and conservation activities, ranging from studies on snakes to orchid conservation? In 1962, Smithsonian researchers were there to study birds--led by Alexander Wetmore. Wetmore, an ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary, went on expeditions in Panama annually. This 1962 album documents his journey throughout the region, joined by his wife, Beatrice. Travel through the Cocle Province and join other volunteers in transcribing image captions!
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Did you know that of the 365 islands making up the San Blas archipelago of Panama, over 300 are uninhabited? This makes it a perfect place for an ornithologist like Alexander Wetmore to study native wildlife! Explore the San Blas Islands with former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore, and his team of Smithsonian biologists and taxidermists. This album documents the group's 1963 research trip to Panama. See Smithsonian scientific exploration at work and join other volunteers in transcribing image captions.