Alexander Wetmore - Album, Panama, 1957, Vol. 1

About the Project

Did you know that the 365 islands that make up the San Blas archipelago of Panama are largely uninhabited? The islands also lie outside the Atlantic hurricane region, leaving the environment undisturbed by natural disasters. These factors made the San Blas Islands a perfect place for a scientist like Alexander Wetmore to explore!

Ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore made an annual trip to Panama, to collect specimen and research for what would become his book, "The Birds of The Republic of Panama." On his 1957 expedition, Wetmore traveled to San Blas to study the native wildlife--documented in this photo album, alongside other locations throughout Panama.

Sail off to the San Blas Islands and help transcribe the captions from this fascinating set of images!

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