Into The Trees
By Katie Clark
November 16, 2016
A few times a year, scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University venture to remote regions of the planet on some of the most important field trips in the name of science: collecting expeditions. The material they bring back has the potential to open new lines of research and answer limitless questions about life on Earth.
No institution in the Americas has as rich a history of international field collecting in ornithology as the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. For over two centuries, the Academy has sent ornithologists to vanishing wild places to survey and sample local bird populations.
Recently, Academy scientists Jason Weckstein and Nate Rice, the assistant curator and collection manager of the Academy’s Ornithology Collection, respectively, traveled to Parque Ejidal San Nicolás de Totolapan, a protected reserve about 20 miles southwest of Mexico City in Mexico. There were many reasons this location was selected for a collecting expedition, but one in particular demanded attention — it was time.
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