Ranomafana (04.01.2016 to 06.30.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
April - June
Communications activities: 
  • Meeting with DG and the head of department of Meteorological in Antananarivo for the further collaboration.
  • Presenting and contributing with the celebration of JME in Kelilalina
  • Presenting TEAM project in Ranomafana to groups of visitors at Centre ValBio Ranomafana
  • Meeting with CI for TEAM  financial reviews
  • Meeting with  MNP for the further collaboration
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

None

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

VEGETATION

In the previous quarter, the re-census of vegetation at plot three in Andranofandy was not accomplished due to the theft of plot tag numbers from each tree, the rope on the base line, and the PVC plastic which was used to delimit the subplots. During this quarter all damage we have repaired all damage to this plot. Vegetation plot three in Andranofady and also plot four in Ranomena have been sampled successfully. All data from both of these plots has already been uploaded into TEAM portal. Once the field activities are complete, we prepared the unknown voucher specimens from the six vegetation plots and brought them to Tsimbazaza in Antananarivo for taxonomical identification. At the end of this quarter, we updated the holistic list of the plants for Ranomafana National Park.

TERRESTRIAL VERTEBRATE

The pick up phase for the 20 camera traps point at array one Ranomena-Andranofady have been conducted during this quarter. The remaining 20 camera trap points have been sampled successfully and we recorded a total of 4686 images belonging into 15 genus and 15 species (Table 1) from this array. Due to the gold mining in this array, many trees have been cut along the paths joining the different camera traps points.

Table 1. Recorded species from array 1 (Ranomena-Andranofady)

Order

Family

Genus

Species

Rodentia

Nesomyidae

Nesomys

Rufus

Cetartiodactyla

Suidae

Potamochoerus

Larvatus

Carnivora

Eupleridae

Fossa

fossana

Primates

Hominidae

Homo

sapiens

Gruiformes

Rallidae

Rallus

madagascariensis

Carnivora

Eupleridae

Cryptoprocta

ferox

Passeriformes

Muscicapidae

Copsychus

albospecularis

Carnivora

Canidae

Canis

lupus

Ciconiiformes

Threskiornithidae

Lophotibis

cristata

Cuculiformes

Cuculidae

Coua

Raynaudii

Primates

Lemuridae

Eulemur

rufifrons

Columbiformes

Columbidae

Nesoenas

picturata

Afrosoricida

Tenrecidae

Tenrec

ecaudatus

Carnivora

Eupleridae

Galidia

elegans

Primates

Lemuridae

Hapalemur

griseus

All recorded images from the 60 remaining camera traps point for Ranomafana TEAM site have been entered into DeskTEAM, annotated, and exported to the TEAM portal. We then shared the tpk file with TEAM Headquarters in Washington, DC. After the field expedition, all field equipment was cleaned, dried, and tested before being put into storage. All materials belonging into TEAM project were inventoried.  With the 36 existing camera traps, 17 of the RM 45 Rapid Fire did not produce good pictures, 2 Reconyx hyperfire didn’t work.

CLIMATE

Monthly climate data collection and climate station maintenance has occured every 15 day.  Data collection and uploading to TEAM portal for the Month (April 15th to May 15yh) had some issues especially with the uploading of data into TEAM portal. An error message was shown saying “Invalid Datalog Format: missing of the timestamp column”. We are still seeking for a solution for that data upload. However, the others data collected from Ranomafana TEAM weather station have already been uploaded to the TEAM portal. To avoid the incident of theft and vandalism like last year, we have replaced sections of fence at climate station.

Protocol Problems: 

None

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

We still have a problem of car and Laptop.

Suggestions: 

We should figure out a solution together.