Alexander Wetmore - Photo Album, Panama, 1948

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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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