Porto Rico, 1911 - 1912, field diaries, 13 December 1911 - 15 September 1912 : volume 2, February 16, 1912 - April 27, 1912

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Comprises the second of four field notebooks compiling Wetmore's observations and collecting efforts in Porto Rico [Puerto Rico] for the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Biological Survey, February 16, 1912 - April 27, 1912. The entries are chronological, with journal style entries. Unlike the previous notebook, entries are not ended with a list of the day's collections, even though specimen collecting is discussed in the entry. Entries discuss: sites across the island, including caves, coastlines, higher elevations; preparing skins of specimens; sugarcane industry and effect on the countryside; presence and effect of mongooses; some discussion of bats. Collecting sites include the vicinity of Mameyes River, Río Piedras, El Yunque, and Fajardo, Hacienda Catalina and Santa Catalina in the district of Ponce, and Culebrita. |Beginning at the back of the notebook, he lists expenses, supplies, birdlists and related film (Mameyes River, Hacienda Catalina, Santa Catalina, El Yunque, and Culebrita), and specimens sent (by date).

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 16, 1912

End Date

Apr 27, 1912

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  • Bats
  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Puerto Rico
  • El Yunque
  • Fajardo
  • Culebrita, Isla
  • Ponce
  • Río Piedras


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 notebook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 137 Folder 4