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The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute work with the local animal populations.

Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute work with the local animal populations.

Between bats, birds, and coral reefs, the folks studying biodiversity at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama stay pretty busy. In fact, if you’re a college student, your chance to help them out with their research (and get college credit for it) comes in the summer of 2011. Here’s a few more things to know about our friends at STRI.

1) They’re using using radio telemetry  to track the routes and interactions of animals around – and across – the Panama Canal. They’ve also discovered that sloths aren’t as lazy as we thought. Click to read more from Smithsonian Magazine.

2) They’ve set up an underwater reef webcam at the Galeta Marine Laboratory in Panama. Click to check out the action.

3) They study bats, lots of bats – in fact, there are 74 species of bats living on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, not far from STRI. Thanks to the Smithsonian Channel, you can meet the Smithsonian scientists who study them.

4) STRI  has a great interactive web site for kids, where they can learn (in English and Spanish) all about sharks.

There’s plenty more where that came from. Click here for STRI’s main page, here for more information on our college summer program, Exploring Panama: Biodiversity in the Tropics, and here for all of our travel opportunities in Panama

Where would you like to go next summer? Please share.

Panama: Five Things

Monday, September 6th, 2010

When most of us consider Panama, the Panama Canal immediately comes to mind. However, there’s a lot more to Panama than this marvel of civil engineering. Here are a few things you might not know about Panama:

A brilliantly-colored morpho butterfly, one of many unique creatures that can be found in Panama.

1)  Smithsonian scientists are using radio telemetry  to track the routes and interactions of animals around—and across—the Panama Canal. They’ve also discovered that sloths aren’t as lazy as we thought. Click to read more from Smithsonian Magazine.

2) The indigenous Cuna people of Panama have almost complete sovereignty over their lands and affairs, one of the most positive relationships between government and indigenous people in the world. Click here to hear some of their music, thanks to Smithsonian Folkways.

3) The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute maintains an underwater reef webcam at the Galeta Marine Laboratory in Panama.

4) Panama’s Barro Colorado Island is home to 74 species of bats. Thanks to the Smithsonian Channel, you can meet the women who study them.

5) Blue-footed boobies don’t just live in the Galápagos—they can also be found on islets in the Gulf of Panama.

Packed yet? Right now, we’re featuring a sale on our expedition cruise, The Panama Canal and the Wonders of Costa Rica. Book by September 20th and save $740 per person. Tour departs January 8, 2011.

Where are you going on your next adventure? Please share.