As with all trips, I organize for me and my assistant the housing and transportation (plane, train, taxi ...). Together with my french assistant, we will live in an apartment provided by the host institution, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. These homes are located in the village, near my roosts of bats.
To complete my research legally, research permits for sample collection (skin, guano) must be written in Spanish and sent to the Panamanian authorities before verification. When my fieldwork season comes to an end, I will send a report of my fieldwork season and ask for an export permit to bring back to Germany the samples collected.
And to complete the organization for the field, preparation of material is essential. Checking nets, preparing telemetry equipment, electronic testing, preparation of materials for sample collection ... the list is long!
And before I go, I am working on my fieldwork program to plan the 11 weeks in the field.
Catch sampling, radio-tracking ... More news when I'm on the ground!