Barro Colorado Nature Monument - Soberania National Park (01.01.2016 to 03.31.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
January - March
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Panama is experiencing an extreme El NIno event, causing massive drought. Previous occasions led to a boom and then a bust in mammal abudance on BCI, which we also expect to see this time.

Protocol Activities: 

The vertebrate survey was completed, with camera traps deployed at all 60 points. More animals were captured than in previous years, which appears to reflect an El-Nino-related  boost.

The BCI climate station has been running during this period without problems. Sensors were replaced according to the protocol.

Logistical Problems: 

The bridge along Pipeline Road that collapsed last year has not been repaired by the authorities, so surveying the Northern part of Soberania National Park has become much more difficult, with extremely long walks. 

STRI organized a clean-up of the road up to the collapsed bridge, so the problem of poor condition of the road was fixed.