Parish-Smithsonian Expedition to Haiti, 1930

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The Parish-Smithsonian Expedition to Haiti intended to collect birds and reptiles throughout Haiti and northern Cuba. Organized by Lee H. Parish, his father Semmes W. Parish, and Smithsonian staff member Watson Perrygo, the voyage took place aboard the yacht, Esperanza, February 15 - May 24, 1930. Setting sail from Miami, the expedition made a quick stop in Cuba for collecting along the Santa Rosalia Lagoon and on the Rio Gibara. The group departed Cuba on February 28 and continued their journey to Haiti reaching Port au Prince on March 13. Other important collecting locations visited along the trip included Gonave and Petit Gonave Island, as well as Ile-a-Vache and Navassa Islands. Along with the organizers, Mrs. S. W. Parish was present for the expedition to assist with photography, radio communications, and caring for the specimens collected. Lee Parish acted as the captain and navigator for the trip. Specimens of birds, mammals, mollusks, fish, and reptiles were brought back, as well as live animals for the National Zoological Park, particularly birds and reptiles. In total, 558 bird specimens were collected, along with a number of iguanas. Lee Parish died shortly after the expedition.


Alexander Wetmore. (1932). Birds collected in Cuba and Haiti by the Parish-Smithsonian Expedition of 1930. Proceedings of The United States National Museum 81: 1-40. Retrieved from

Date Range

1930 - 1930


  • Animals
  • Herpetology
  • Birds
  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Île de la Gonâve
  • Port-au-Prince
  • Île à Vache


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