Udzungwa (01.01.2016 to 03.31.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
January - March
Communications activities: 

A group of park Ecologists and Manager Ecologist from TANAPA HQ held a workshop on Fire Management Plan for the Tanzania National Park in the mid of February 2016 at the seminar room - UEMC, the group of ecologists were informed about TEAM activities in Udzungwa site. Also on the 09th of March 2016, a group of AWF senior staff from USA and Nairobi office did a visiting to Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre, Mr. Arafat Mtui, TEAM site manager had a brief discussion with them at lunch time about what UEMC and TEAM project does in Udzungwa.

Explanation of the missing Climate data for December 2015 was uploaded in the database by Arafat Mtui in this quarter, after being explained by Jimmy from TEAM - USA.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Climate data for the year 2015 was analyzed in this quarter, the findings were unusual than expected which seems to be affected by an uncalibrated sensors which were removed.

Analysis of the camera trap data for the year 2015 was also done by Dr. Francesco Rovero, two cameras CT-UDZ-1-07 and CT-UDZ-2-09 were having some errors on the working days, the data was fixed after consultation of the TEAM staff from Udzungwa, USA and Trento. It was also discovered that there was confusion of species ID in the data base, the Dendrohyrax arboreous vs D. validus of which was solved.

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

This is a rainy season and besides climate monitoring no other sampling has being implemented.

Protocol Problems: 

None; There has been no any problem related to protocol in this quarter.

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

The two sensors of AWS should be calibrated and replaced soon in order to avoid the same problem which happened in the climate data results of the last year 2015.