Bukit Barisan (04.01.2015 to 06.30.2015)

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April - June
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea) was detected in camera trap survey area for the first time. The species was seen in a group of four individuals, one of them is albino.

Protocol Activities: 

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

Camera Trap Array 1 (30 cameras) has been completed between April and May 2015 and all photos have been identified. Camera Trap Array 2 (only 15 cameras) has been deployed in early June and will be picked up in July.

Vegetation protocol:

All six vegetation plots have been sampled and stems with coordinate errors have been checked (80 trees and 3 lianas). Vegetation data is still being processed into soft copy spreadsheet.   

Climate protocol:

No activities regarding climate protocol in this quarter.

Protocol Problems: 

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

Camera Trap Array 2 cannot be deployed completely due to management issue within Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Fifteen camera trap points are located in area under the management of Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, so there should be special permit to conduct activities there. Currently, WCS is arranging the MoU regarding camera trap survey.

Vegetation Protocol:

The new tree coordinate errors are still being processed by TEAM Network. We still wait the new error data to fix the vegetation database.

Climate Protocol:

Climate data cannot be collected because the climate sensors were damaged by elephants. Climate sensors should be replaced in order to continue climate protocol.

Schedule Problems: 

The area management issue delays the deployment of 15 camera trap points. New schedule still cannot be arranged, but the cameras will be set up as soon as the MoU agreed.