Pasoh Forest Reserve (01.01.2014 to 03.31.2014)

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Year: 
2014
Quarter: 
January - March
Communications activities: 

None

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Late March showed symptoms of early mast flowering – the last mast flowering occurred in 2005. Unfortunately the vegetation census was conducted before this event began and therefore we missed the chance to collect plant vouchers with fruit /flower.

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 
  • Vegetation:        
    Vegetation plots 1, 2 and 3 were censused for the third time since its establishment in 2012.  Plots 7, 8 and 9 were established in place of Plots 5, 6 and 7 from Kenaboi Forest Reserve. These new plots were established to enable vegetation representation of the new camera locations started last year (2013) labelled as Array 3.
  • Climate:
    One of the two temperature/humidity sensors in the radiation shield with fan had to be removed due to inconsistent readings while a third (single) sensor was mounted on the climate tower. The micro-climate tower now takes three sets of readings for temperature/ humidity.
Protocol Problems: 

None

Schedule Problems: 

Vegetation:

The new VG plot 7 had to be re-located in the midst of its establishment as the team discovered that it was part of the forest reserve marked for timber harvesting. This unexpected information caused delays in completing the plot establishment and first census of Plots 7-9.

The team’s botanist, responsible for identifying the tree species in the plots, has been met with health issues, and this caused further delays in completing the census as voucher specimens were needed to be brought to the laboratory for identification rather than conducting the identification in the field. Obtaining leaf specimens from tall, big trees isvery time consuming.

Logistical Problems: 
  • The 2013 sampling, which extended into the wetter months of the year, has been extremely hard on the camera traps. The Reconyx hyperfire cameras are definitely not resistant to the humid conditions of tropical forest. Many cameras show signs of malfunction, such as blurry color images (due to corrosion of the internal color filter) and faulty displays. We are having them serviced by a local expert, who has proven very knowledgeable. We are thinking with CTFS of methods to reduce humidity problems, as well as theft problems.
  • A second problem that we have been experiencing is that the Tenergy rechargeable batteries do not hold their charge well. Other camera trappers in the Yahoo discussion group mention the same problem. We will have to move to non-rechargeable batteries or to low self discharge batteries, which is costly.
Suggestions: 

Provide sites with low self discharge batteries.