Alexander Wetmore Skinning a Turkey Buzzard

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At Mandinga, San Blas, Panama, Alexander Wetmore, sixth Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist, is preparing to skin a turkey buzzard. A gun leans against the table and clothes can be seen hanging on a line.


Wetmore, Alexander 1886-


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The image was taken while Wetmore, sixth Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist, was one of his many ornithological expeditions to Panama.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 184, Folder: Panama 1957 Part 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 27, 1957

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • Firearms
  • Turkeys
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Ornithology--Field work


  • Panama
  • San Blas Islands (Panama)
  • Mandinga
  • San Blas


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-2532 or Wetmore 6184

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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