Day 1 - 2017-09-02
Arrival, Conch Sampling Day 1, Sweet Bocas
This post is going to be all about my week in Bocas del Toro (BDT). BDT Tip #1: Travel light! You literally have to if you're flying up from Panama City because there is a 14kg weight limit per passenger. Another tip for those who fly: be patient. As quoted from a member of Team Bocas [see end of post], Air Panama tends to run more like a bus station than an airport.
Once we'd unloaded all of our gear, we went on a brief tour of the BDT STRI research station (see photos above) and had a general safety meeting. We then piled into the truck to head into Bocas town (right) for breakfast and lunch grocery shopping. I stuck with granola, bread, peanut butter, jelly, cheese, and milk. I figured I'd make up any missing calories when we went out for dinner each night haha.
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Afterwards Aaron took us to a spot called Sweet Bocas where he'd excavated a really old (5-7,000 years old to be precise) coral site. The site was filled in a few years ago to create a man-made private lake, but lots of the corals were still visible in the footpaths and sidewalks throughout the compound. We also sampled some pipas, super tasty young green coconuts.
Day 2 - 2017-09-03
Isla Popa Fossil Hunting &
Conch Sampling Day 2 (Cayo Agua)
DAY 3-4 - 2017-09-03-04
Sitio Drago & Conch Sampling Day 3 (Boca del Drago)
Day 4 for me was all about sampling Tom's archaeological materials that were housed back at the station (see below). While Aaron and I stayed behind, the rest of the group took a tour of Cerro Brujo, another of Tom's sites. Unfortunately, they strayed on an unfamiliar path and couldn't find the site, but still had a lovely day of hiking in the rainforest. Those boots gave some nasty blisters, but lots of snorkeling in salt water helped get them healing pretty quickly.
DAY 5 - 2017-09-05
SHARK TOOTH DAY
DAY 6-7 - 2017-09-06-07
At the Station
Team Bocas 2017
Thomas Wake - UCLA Director of Zooarchaeology Lab
Ashley Sharpe - STRI Staff Scientist
Nicole Smith-Guzman - STRI Post-doc
Suzette Flantua - STRI Short-term Fellow
Jarrod Scott - Bigelow Lab Post-doc
Matthieu Leray - STRI Post-doc
Wilmer Elvir - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
Brigida de Gracia - STRI O'Dea Lab Research Technician