Nouabalé Ndoki (01.01.2010 to 03.31.2010)

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January - March
Communications activities: 

A site visit by Tim O’Brien between April 4th and 12th, 2010 was a good opportunity to get updated with the WCS-Congo Program Director, Dr. Paul Telfer and Nouabalé-Ndoki TEAM site members. Due to transportation issues and time constraints, Tim O’Brien couldn’t make a field trip to see the vegetation plots and camera trap points in the Park. However, Tim’s visit was very helpful to the site as he provided more advices and updates during a series of meetings and discussions, on the current and future development of the TEAM Network. This visit was also a good opportunity for Tim to realize how challenging is the implementation of any research and monitoring activities such as TEAM’s in the northern Congo, due to the remoteness of the site and the amount of effort required.

One of our vegetation field technicians, Valère Ebam, has epilepsy and could not appropriate as a tree measurer for the vegetation work. We identified and trained a new tree measurer, Maurice Bokopo, who took over tree measurement during the sampling of the three of the plots (VGNNN1, VGNNN2 and VGNNN3) in Array 1.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 
First instance ever of pictures of the following species caught in the wild happened during the first deployment of TEAM camera traps in Nouabalé-Ndoki NP:
  • African palm civet Nandinia binotata
  • Ratel Mellivora capensis
  • Black-legged mongoose Bdeogale nigripes
  • Golden cat Caracal (Profelis) aurata
  • Giant pangolin Smutsia gigantea
  • Aardvark Orycteropus afer
Schedule Problems: 
Climate. Due to the expected impact of the original climate station site on the vegetation of the area, a new site has been identified to host the climate station near Bomassa village, the Head Quarter of the Park, where all the natural forest was cleared up many years ago by the villagers. The approval process for the new proposed location is in progress with TEAM and actual siting of the climate station is expected during May-Jun 2010. The delay in siting of the climate station will affect the site implementation Scheduler that we need to update as soon as possible to reflect the actual implementation.