Virunga Massif (07.01.2014 to 09.30.2014)

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Year: 
2014
Quarter: 
July - September
Communications activities: 

On July 31st, the field team was happy to receive a courtesy visit from the Director of International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP); Anna Behm and the WCS Rwanda Country Director; Dr. Michel Masozera.

The objective of this joint field visit was to understand the constraints and challenges met by field team on the newly established TEAM site in Volcanoes National Park (VNP) and discuss way forward. Additionally, it was an opportunity to discuss on monitoring objectives in Volcanoes National Park and in Virunga Massif as a whole.

The joint field visit was an opportunity for the WCS-Rwanda Country Director to hand over the equipment donated by Hewlett-Packard (HP) to support TEAM activities. The equipment included one laptop, one desktop computer, one tablet and one printer.

Detailed story can be found on:

http://www.teamnetwork.org/news/visit-igcp-director-and-wcs-country-director-volcanoes-national-park-team-site
and
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tropical-Ecology-Assessment-Monitoring-TEAM-Network/104880016232172

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual event was recorded at the site

New Species: 

No New species has been so far identified

Protocol Activities: 
  1. Climate Monitoring Protocol
    Climate data for July, August have been downloaded and the climate station serviced. Climate data were uploaded on TEAM web portal.
     
  2. Terrestrial Vertebrate (camera trap) Monitoring Protocol
    From July 14th to August 12th 2014 the first array of 30 camera traps were deployed at the site. The deployment started in the western part of Volcanoes National Park. All 30 camera traps of the first array were deployed successfully.

    From August 14th to September 9th, camera traps for the first array deployment were picked up. So far 35,531 camera trap images were compiled from the first array of camera trap deployment.

    From September 15th, the second array of 30 camera trap were deployed. The area of concern is from the central part to the eastern part of Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.By the date of reporting, 2 camera traps were remaining to be deployed. It is planned to pick up the second array of camera traps from October 15th.
     
  3. Vegetation Monitoring Protocol
    Planned in late December and January 2015
Protocol Problems: 

Two challenges have been identified in the implementation of the protocol. The f is first issue is the fact that it is still not possible to upload the climate metadata on TEAM web portal. The issue was communicate to the TEAM Technical Manager and identification of the solution is underway. The second issue is that in the last month it was not possible to download climate data from the memory card. The issue was communicated to the TEAM Technical Manager and solution was found. Data was downloaded directly from the data logger.

Schedule Problems: 

Due to the delay in starting the field work a work plan was presented to the TEAM Technical Manager and according to the presented work plan, vegetation sampling was supposed to be held between the period betwwen camera trap deployment and camera trap pick up. However, the TEAM Technical Manager proposed to have the vegetaion sampling after the camera trap deployment in December and January.

Logistical Problems: 

No logistical problems were met.

Suggestions: 

It is requested that the TEAM webmaster to finalize the Volcanoes TEAM site web interface so that all options for data management are active so that we proceed to upload all metadata and data.