Ranomafana (10.01.2016 to 12.31.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
October - December
Communications activities: 

Towards the end of December 2016, a member of the press from BBC World visited Centre ValBio. He interviewed TEAM site manager Claude Jacquot Ralazampirenena about TEAM Project and camera trap images of the fosa (Cryptoprocta ferox). Additionally, we presented our Ranomafana TEAM information with posters and brochures to those who attended the celebration for the 25th Anniversary of Ranomafana National Park.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

During this quarter, there were very few raining days in Ranomafana and most of the streams have been dried.

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

During this quarter, we focused on fieldwork for the terrestrial vertebrate and vegetation protocols. For this monitoring period, 40 camera trap locations and four vegetation plots were monitored successfully. 

Ranomafana TEAM continues to collaborate with the local community, local organizations, and official security. Within the third array, Andemaka - Bevohazo, two local guides as well as an agent from the Madagascar National Parks (MNP) worked with us during the field expedition. The role of the MNP agent is to inspect the project activity within the park. This is especially important regarding specimen collection, coincidently receiving training in the project’s methodology. The local guides not only help us in the field, but additionally to sensitize the people within the local villages. Due to the continuing disruption with local gold mining activity within the forest, an additional guide was added as opposed to Gendarme security during work in the second array, Maharira - Mangevo.

Vegetation  Protocol: From September 2016, four 1ha vegetation plots have been re-censused completely (plot 1, plot 2, plot 3, and plot 6). All Vegetation data from those site have already been entered into the TEAM Portal.

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol: The remaining 40 camera trap locations were sampled successfully within Array 2 (Maharira - Mangevo) and Array 3 (Andemaka - Bevohazo). A total of 9767 images have been recorded from both arrays. Twenty three (23) vertebrate species, including (3) birds-species, (5) primates-species, (5) carnivores-species, (3) rodentia-species, (2) cetartiodactyla-species, (2) afrosoricida, and (1) galliformes species have been recorded. Setting up camera traps for the last array has been carried out.

Climate Protocol: Monthly climate data collection (on the 15th of each month) and bi-weekly climate station maintenance have been conducted regularly. All climate data for this quarter has been uploaded to the Portal. From October 1st to December 31st, the average monthly temperature was 19.97 °C (minimum of 10.46 °C to a maximum of 30.27 °C on average), and the average relative humidity was 80.92%  (minimum 33.09% to maximum 99.43%). During this quarter most of the region in Madagascar were generally dry including the Ranomafana area.

Protocol Problems: 

During this quarter, we had a little problem on the climate station and also the data from that station. Sometime, the data logger did not work properly and when we upload the data into TEAM portal, an error happens.

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

We had a big issue for purchasing equipment in US. None of the equipment listed on TEAM 7 grant have been gotten.

Suggestions: 

None