Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (07.01.2015 to 09.30.2015)

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Year: 
2015
Quarter: 
July - September
Communications activities: 

No communication activities at the site.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual events at the site.

New Species: 

No new species at the site.

Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation monitoring protocol:

No vegetation monitoring activities implmented in this quater.

Climate monitoring protocol:

Climate data for this quater was uploaded to the portal. Two additional HC2S3 temperature and humidity sensors have been purchased from Campbell Scientific Africa. The sensors arrived in Uganda, and still at customs. They will be installed to the climate station soonest they are received in Bwindi.  Bi-weekly maintenance of the climate station has been carried out in accordance with the protocol. Climate monitoring protocol data reporting is up to date and complete.

Terrestrial vertebrate monitoring protocol:

Camera traps were set out in two arrays, between May and August 2014. Camera trap images were identified and annotated in desk TEAM. A total of 139362 images were recorded, belonging to 23 species of mammals and 10 species of birds respectively. Array one data was saved onto a 8GB san disk. Array two data was saved on a DVD. This is because array one. tpk file (size 6.7 GB) exceeded the DVD capacity (size 4.7 GB) thus could not be saved. Both the DVD and the san disk drive were posted to the TEAM secretariat in Washington. Terrestrial vertebrate monitoring protocol data reporting is up to date and complete.

Protocol Problems: 

Protocol problems were only emncountered with the climate monitoring protocol. The station is currently running only one HC2S3 temperature and humidity sensor. We purchased two extra HC2S3 sensors from Campbell Scientific Africa, South Africa to meet the minimum required sensor number for the protocol. The shipment of the sensors to Uganda delayed by almost three months. This is was due to the inability of our bank to pay funds to the supplier's bank. Our bank’s electronic transfer system did not recognize Scientific Campbell’s bank details.  We worked with the supplier untill the fund transfer system was tweaked to allow our bank transfer funds to the supllier. The sensors were shipped in Uganda, and recieved by customs. We hope to get the sensors out of customs soon.

Schedule Problems: 

We did not experiance any schedule problems in this quater. All activities were implemented as scheduled.

Logistical Problems: 

No logistical problems experianced in this quarter.

Suggestions: 

Tenergy nickel metal hydride (size C) batteries loose charge faster than expected. These should be replaced soon, if the Reconyx RM45 camera traps will continue to be used in the future. However, we are experiencing increased camera trap failure with the RM45 camera traps. I suggest that all the RM45 camera traps be replaced with HC500 HyperFire Semi-Covert IR camera traps. We are experiencing slow battery charging, due to inadequate battery charging stations. More AA batteries (and AA/AAA battery chargers) are needed.