Alexander Wetmore - Photo Album, Panama, 1947

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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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