Panama, Bocas Islands, 1990 journal

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The journal documents the mammal collecting of C. O. Handley in Panama and Bocas del Toro, February 21 - May 19, 1990. Entries are dated and begin with location or route. Notes in the margins include contact information, notes on wildlife, etc. They discuss contemporary Panamanian issues (Noriega and invasion), work and interactions with colleagues, logistics, travel details (modes of transportation, time of day), routes, expenses, daily activities, campsites, vegetation, terrain, weather (sometimes with time of day), collecting method, specimens collected (bats listing quantity and type), and discussions of current activities at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute [STRI]. Includes loose inserts and photocopied maps with notes, and some list of Indian vocabulary words for numbers. Locations include Cayo Agua and Punta Alegre.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 21, 1990

End Date

May 19, 1990

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Mammals at 202-633-1253 to make an appointment.




  • Cayo Agua, Isla
  • Panama
  • Punta Alegre
  • Bocas del Toro, Archipiélago de


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-448

Collection name

Division of Mammals, C. O. Handley field notes, 1942-1993

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals