Field Frame Friday Holiday Edition: Christmas in the Field

Beet potato salad
Collared peccary
Collared peccary

Alexander is spending Christmas on Barro Colorado Island in Panama, part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The island is quiet for the holiday: only him, a handful of guardabosques (“Forest Guards”, similar to game wardens, that help maintain and protect the Barro Colorado National Monument), and a few cooks. They had a special lunch, featuring a potato salad made with beets, that is a common festive treat in Panama, and fruit cake traditionally made with rum. During his hike this afternoon, he heard a collared peccary (Tayassu tujacu) and decided to follow it. It took an hour and a half to sneak close enough for a good photo, but he got a few!

[Photos and caption by Alexander Vining]

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