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Head off on a European adventure with Alexander Wetmore's 1930s photo album! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while traveling for International Ornithological Congress meetings in 1930, 1934, and 1938. Wetmore and other scientists traveled through Spain, France, Holland, and England, and this album documents his travel through the landscapes and landmarks of Europe, including museums abroad. Join other volunteers on a Wetmore winter trip and help transcribe the image captions from this album!
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There are 340 native bird species that make their home in Finland--ranging from cold-weather birds found in the North to warmer weather ones near the South (and only five of those many species were introduced to the area by humans!). It's no surprise why an ornithologist like Alexander Wetmore would choose Finland as an area to study. Wetmore, an ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary, visited Europe in 1958. This album documents his travel through the farms and countryside of Finland during his time as a Smithsonian Research Associate--a position he took on after his retirement as Secretary, allowing him to continue his ornithology research across the globe! Travel through Finland and England with Wetmore and help other volunteers to help transcribe these image captions!
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Have you ever wondered what kinds of birds live on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola? Go exploring with Alexander Wetmore, ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, and his 1927/1931 photo album. This unique collection of images was taken while Wetmore traveled through Haiti and the Dominican Republic, collecting natural history specimens for the US National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural History). The photos document not just the birds Wetmore collected, but also rain forests and caves, archaeological excavations, and the preparation work behind the expedition. Join us in transcribing the image captions in Wetmore's album and get a look into the Smithsonian's history of specimen collecting!
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Go on an island adventure with Alexander Wetmore's 1923 photo album documenting his travel through the central Pacific Islands! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while on the Tanager Expedition with the US Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Biological Survey, working in cooperation with the US Navy. Wetmore directed the expedition?s team of scientists in studying the plant and animal life on several of the Hawaiian Islands, where he took these images of birds, turtles, and seals. Join Wetmore and his Tanager Expedition crew and help transcribe captions of these striking island images.
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Did you know that the largest island in Central America, Coiba Island, is largely undeveloped? For many years it was used as a prison colony, and was left mostly untouched--making it a good place for scientists like Alexander Wetmore to study wildlife and endemic species. Ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore traveled to Coiba Island to collect bird specimens as part of a 1956 research trip to Panama. Wetmore traveled to the Canal Zone Biological Area (now the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) yearly to study birds for what would become his book, "Birds of the Republic of Panama." Explore Coiba Island with Wetmore and help transcribe the image captions from this album!
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Explore Panama with the Smithsonian's intrepid research team, led by ornithologist and Secretary Alexander Wetmore and National Museum of Natural History taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo. Wetmore and Perrygo traveled to Panama annually throughout the late 1940s-1950s to observe and collect birds. The pair's work eventually culminated in Wetmore's "Birds of the Republic of Panama," an important ornithology text. Take a trip with Wetmore and Perrygo through Panama--from the shores of its rivers, through villages, swamplands and forests. Help other volunteers transcribe the captions in this album!
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Did you know that on the Pan-American Highway (a road linking all of the mainland countries in the Americas), there is only one spot that's not connected? It's called the Darien Gap, a large region of undeveloped forests and swamps--bad for motorists, but great for scientists like ornithologist Alexander Wetmore. Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore and National Museum of Natural History taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo traveled to the Darien region of Panama to study and collect birds. The photos Wetmore took of his expedition trip document the incredible wetlands, swamps, and wildlife found in the Darien Gap. Go exploring with Wetmore and Perrygo and help other volunteers transcribe these image captions!
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Did you know that the Smithsonian has been conducting research in Panama as far back as 1910--four years before the Panama Canal opened? In the 1940s, Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore began taking annual trips to the region to conduct research in the Canal Zone Biological Area, now known as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. This 1948 album documents one of Wetmore's annual Panama trips, where he studied birds for what would become his master ornithology text, "The Birds of Panama." Get an up-close look at the Smithsonian's research in Panama and help transcribe the captions in this fascinating album!
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Head off on an adventure through Panama with the Smithsonian's 1949 research team, led by ornithologist and Secretary Alexander Wetmore and National Museum of Natural History taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo. Wetmore and Perrygo traveled to Panama annually throughout the late 1940s-1950s to observe and collect birds. Join the expedition and visit local villages, collect specimens in the forest, and take a plane ride over the Rio Bayano! Help other volunteers transcribe the image captions from this exciting trip.
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Did you know that there is an island in the middle of the Panama Canal that serves as a research center for the Smithsonian? Since 1943, the Barro Colorado Island nature reserve (with its rich ecosystems and little human alteration) has served as a research center for studying tropical forest ecosystems. Explore the island and other amazing sites throughout Panama with Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore's 1950 photo album! These photos document Wetmore's annual trip to Panama with National Museum of Natural History taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo to observe and collect birds. Help transcribe the captions from this album of incredible images!