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Instead, our neighbors and contacts in Progreso and Puerto Armuelles were Hispanics. We found the Panamanians in Chiriquí to be friendly and interested in our work. They would wave to us 20 / Chapter 1 as we drove around the countryside looking for places to set our traps and mist nets. S. Army. On numerous occasions people let this strange crew of biologists set up mist nets around fruiting plants in their backyards to catch bats at night. Small crowds of people would gather around us to see what we had caught.

Mist-netting bats quickly became my favorite activity of the field trip. We set our nets in a variety of different locations—across streams, in the banana plantation, in intact forest—and were always anxious to see how many species we could capture. While we checked our nets at night, we often saw other mammals—opossums and rodents on the ground, an occasional Up a Quebrada without a Paddle / 13 Figure 2. Ted Fleming with a baby howler monkey. Photo by F. Greenwell. kinkajou or olingo high up in trees.

Trap lines along the streams yielded nothing but Spiny Rats, and few of them. Imperfect bunches of bananas discarded in the clearing were not consumed. The finca was deserted” ( 391). Except for Enders’s work, no detailed studies of the population ecology of Panamanian rodents, marsupials, and bats existed in 1966. My research plan was therefore to systematically study small terrestrial mammals and bats at two locations in the Canal Zone for one year. My study sites included tropical dry forest at the Rodman Naval Ammunition Depot on the Pacific side of the Zone and tropical moist forest at Fort Sherman on the Atlantic side of the Zone (see map 1).

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