Central Suriname Nature Reserve (01.01.2014 to 03.31.2014)

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January - March
Communications activities: 

University student and teacher of the environmental science department participated in field work (camera trap set up) from January 30th - February 9th. Presentation was held by the student at the University of Suriname and inspired many fellow students to participate in TEAM activities.

An article of the presentation by the student about he TEAM activities was published on a news website (http://www.parbonieuws.com/nationaal-1/milieuwetenschappen-proeft-veldonderzoek-conservation-international-surinaamse.html)

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual events occurred.

New Species: 

No new species found.

Protocol Activities: 

Terrestrial vertebrates protocol:

- 30 camera traps picked up from array 1 in January.

- 30 camea traps set up in array 2 in February.

- 29 camera traps picked up from aray 2. Camera trap set up at CT-CSN-2-09 could not be found by the field technicians. During the next field trip the terrestrial vertebrates protocol scientist will collect this camera trap, because he knows where it was set up.

In total we collected 16,711 pictures from array 1 and 10,585 from array 2.

Vegetation protocol:

All vegetation plots are set up. After completing the census of 4 plots in december 2013, CELOS set up and completed the census of two remaining plots in March 2014. All data has been uploaded to the TEAM website.


Climate protocol:

The extra temperature sensor was installed and the software was updated successfully. Data up to March 2014 was uploaded to the TEAM website and missing data was explained with the climate verification tool.

Protocol Problems: 

Problems with implementation of terrestrial vertebrates protocol:

- The data (pictures) that was collected must be identified and processed with the program DeskTEAM 2.0. But we have issues installing and getting the program to run on the TEAM HP laptop. The protocol scientist is working together with TEAM HQ (Jimmy) to solve this issue.

Schedule Problems: 

Terrstrial vertebrates data upload is not in time and deviates from the proposed sampling schedule. Logistical problems in November/December 2013 and software problems with DeskTEAM 2.0 were/are important reasons for this.

Logistical Problems: 

No logistical problems during this period.


We had a good experience with the CELOS team who completed the vegetation protocol, so we suggest to work with them again next season.

It is also important to start the fieldwork earlier (August), so all data is collected within the long dry season (mid August - mid December). This means that the grant (funding) should be finalized at latest in early July, so technicians and consultants can be contracted in time.