Another path today, we will head to Costa Rica, flung way to the south and east by a Hamerstrom book,,Hamerstrom Stories, recollections of the life of Hammy and Fran Hamerstrom. This book is filled with great stories written after both were gone, by fellow biologists, friends, family, students and interns, edited by their daughter Elva Hamerstrom Paulson.
In this book, I found a letter written by Alexander Skutch, a biologist who lived most of his life in San Isidro, Costa Rica. I’ve been aware of him for a long time,,not through the Hamerstroms but because of a trip I made with a good friend to C.R. over the winter of 73-4. We will hear a wonderful letter Skutch wrote in 1947 to the Hamerstroms after he received a sewing machine from them in the mail.