Ranomafana (10.01.2012 to 12.31.2012)

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Year: 
2012
Quarter: 
October - December
Communications activities: 
  • Lectures to students from the Stony Brook University Study Abroad program on TEAM project, theoretical and practical field observation.
  • Communication Meeting with CI Madagascar: in-site TEAM progress updates and recommendations (Technical and Financial)
  • Lectures to students from the RESPECT Study Abroad program from Helsinki on TEAM project.
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

None

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

Field monitoring of Ranomafana TEAM sites continued with several expeditions to different vegetation plots and camera trap points.

The vegetation TEAM crew had finished monitoring the four remaining vegetation plots: Mangevo (Plot 6 – in the Southern part); Ranomena (Plot 4 - in the middle part), Andemaka and Bevoahazo (Plot 1 and Plot 2 - in the northern parts) (Table 1).  So far, all the six Ranomafana TEAM vegetation plots have been monitored.

Table 1. Chronology of Ranomafana TEAM Vegetation Monitoring Plot 6, Plot 4, Plot 1, and Plot 2 (MANGEVO, RANOMENA, ANDEMAKA, and BEVOAHAZO) from late September, October to December 2012

Plot Number

Expedition Period

Site

Plot 6

September 25 to October 09, 2012

MANGEVO

Plot 4

October 15 to 28, 2012

RANOMENA

Plot 1

November 06 to 20, 2012

ANDEMAKA

Plot 2

November 21 to December 04, 2012

BEVOAHAZO

To date, in addition to the previous uploaded vegetation plot data (Plot 3 and Plot 5), all the remaining vegetation monitoring plot data have been entered and uploaded into the TEAM portal (Plot 6, 4, 1, and Plot 2) .  Ranomafana TEAM monitoring data haven’t been analyzed yet, but will be represented in the next reporting time.  Voucher specimens from flowering and fructifying tagged trees were collected from the field expedition.  Some of the unknown plants have been identified; and there are still some unidentified ones, which will be brought to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the PBZT (Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza) in Antananarivo for identification. 

To get a broader knowledge on the plot plant structure and density, five subplots were also sampled and counted, same as during the previous vegetation monitoring at Plot 3 and 5 (also reported previously).  Additional information on plot plant composition (such as, trees with diameter less than 10cm, bamboo, tree fern, Pandanus, liana, and Dead trees) have then been collected.  Comparative data on those plant categories within the six plots is given in the following table (Table 2).

Table 2. Relative density of different categories of plants (trees, bamboo, tree ferns, pandanus, and lianas) and within the six plots of Ranomafana TEAM sites (Plot 1: ANDEMAKA, Plot 2: BEVOAHAZO, Plot 3: ANDRANOFADY, Plot 4: RANOMENA, Plot 5: MAHARIRA, and Plot 6: MANGEVO)

Tree types

PLOTS

Plot 1 Plot 2 Plot 3 Plot 4 Plot 5 Plot 6

<5

3075 3655 13120 10280 19375 6410

>10

620 835 2705 1225 2910 1160

Bambo

1130 1240 6645 2500 1060 2695

Tree Fern

big

110 275 1350 205 115 10

small

520 390 335 210 1050 90

Pandanus

big

55 20 1030 375 65 30

small

30 25 35 290 1595 345

Lianas

big

275 1125 935 195 145 195

small

1085 795 990 590 1140 1610

There are more smaller trees at Plot 1 (Andemaka) than at any of the other plots.  Bamboos are more abundant at Plot 3 (Andranofady) than at the others.  

By looking also at the relative density of plot dead trees, measured by counting the number of standing and fallen dead trees, there are differences among the six plots (Table 3).

Table 3. Relative density of dead trees (standing or fallen) within the six plots of Ranomafana TEAM sites

Dead Trees Plot 1 Plot 2 Plot 3 Plot 4 Plot 5 Plot 6
Standing 70 220 170 275 285 25
Fallen 80 75 370 80 265 0

More fallen dead trees were found at plot 3 compared to any of the other plots.  Plot 6 has the least number of dead trees (standing and fallen combined) while Plot 5 represents the highest (Figure 2).

For the protocol “Terrestrial Vertebrates”, with the acquisition of a complete needed memory cards for all the remaining cameras, most of the camera trap deployments and pick up have been conducted for Ranomafana TEAM Arrays (Set up and pick up of Array 2 and 3; and half of Array 1 remained to be pick up in January 2013) (Table 4).

Table 4. Field expedition for theCamera trap deployment and Pick up of Ranomafana TEAM remaining Arrays (Mangevo, Ranomena, Bevoahazo, Andemaka, and Andranofady) from October to December 2012.

Array Set Up or Pick Up Site Expedition Period Field Plan Accomplishment
2 Set Up Mangevo October 09 to 18, 2012 100%
1 Set Up Ranomena November 06 to 14, 2012 100%
3 Set Up Bevoahazo November 06 to 15, 2012 100%
3 Set Up Andemaka November 20 to 30, 2012 100%
1 Set Up Andranofady December 17 to 26, 2012 100%
2 Pick Up Maharira October 19 to 27, 2012 100%
2 Pick Up Mangevo November 09 to 18, 2012 100%
1 Pick Up Ranomena December 06 to 14, 2012 100%
3 Pick Up Bevoahazo December 06 to 15, 2012 100%
3 Pick Up Andemaka December 20 to 30, 2012 100%
1 Pick Up Andranofady January 17 to 26, 2012 50%

So far, all the field camera trap deployments were conducted for all the three Arrays (6 sites of 10 cameras each):

  • Array 1 (Andranofady and Ranomena)
  • Array 2 (Maharira and Mangevo)
  • Array 3 (Andemaka and Bevoahazo)

Monitoring of the camera trap points of Array 2 and 3 have just been completed.  Pick up phase of the half of the Array 1 (Andranofady – 10 camera trap points) is scheduled starting from January, 17th 2013.  After that, camera trap data for Array 1 will also be completed.

Preliminary analysis shows that a mean of 337.6 and 338.3 pictures per camera trap point has been measured for Array 2 and Array 3 respectively (Table 5).

Table 5. Number of pictures: number and mean camera trap photos taken from Array 2 and Array 3 of Ranomafana TEAM sites

CT Point # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
ARRAY 2 84 39 39 87 114 138 84 4791 168 312 102 21 168 33 87 42 36 201 113 93
ARRAY 3 51 2985 60 99 105 162 157 708 57 141 33 57 36 129 108 438 42 1272 81 45

 

CT Point #

Total

Mean # per point

ARRAY 2

6752

337,6

ARRAY 3

6766

338,3

Field camera trapping data processing has been started with data downloading, photo annotating, and DeskTEAM uploading.  Partial results with a copy of the camera photo data for Array 2 had been sent to the TEAM Headquarter in Washington, along with the respective used memory cards.  Up to the completion of the field monitoring of all the camera traps of the three arrays, complete data reporting, analysis, and processing will be presented within the next reporting phase.

For the climate monitoring, data collection and station maintenance have been continuing regularly every two weeks for the station maintenance and every month for the data collection (Table 6).

Table 6. Chronology of climate monitoring at Ranomafana TEAM site

Schedule/Month October November December
Maintenance 01/10/2012 and 15/10/2012 01/11/2012 and 15/11/2012 01/12/2012 and 15/12/2012
Data Collection 15/10/2012 15/11/2012 15/12/2012

The climate station has been maintained: core area cleared.  With the suggestion from the National and Regional Meteorological Station, the climate station surroundings were also cleared.  Data has been collected regularly and uploaded as soon as possible to TEAM portal. Analysis of the climate data will be reported within the next reporting date.

Protocol Problems: 

None

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

None