Udzungwa (01.01.2017 to 03.31.2017)

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Year: 
2017
Quarter: 
January - March
Communications activities: 

Dr. Francesco Rovero (MUSE – Science Museum) in partnership with TANAPA - Ecological Monitoring Department and the GIS Unit, organized a training workshop for ecological monitoring aimed to inform park ecologists in designing and implementing a standardized protocol for assessing and monitoring terrestrial mammals and birds with camera trapping, including GIS, data management and the basic statistical routines for analyzing data and producing reports. Training was conducted at UEMC, Udzungwa Mountains National Park on 12–14 January, 2017 with full board provided at the UEMC hostel.

Mr. Arafat Mtui, TEAM Site Manager, attended the RUFFORD scientific conference held in Moshi Kilimanjaro on 14–15 February, 2017. He presented a summary of UEMC achievements and lessons learned from a long-term programme for standardizing biodiversity research and monitoring in the Udzungwa Mountains.

Also Mr. Mtui attended a second stakeholders consultative technical workshop on Wildlife corridors, which took place at Ramada Resort in Dar es Salaam on March 14–15, 2017. The workshop was facilitated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Promoting Tanzania’s Environment, Conservation, and Tourism project (PROTECT), of which aims at sharing and further discussing lessons learned from the existing experience on wildlife corridor's management in terms of land use/tenure issues and deriving and discussing the recommendations that will outline a clear path for how the Wildlife Division (WD) can use the findings to inform the development of wildlife corridors regulations.

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Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

None

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

This is a rainy season and besides climate monitoring no other sampling has being implemented.

Protocol Problems: 

The DeskTEAM software problems continued in this quarter, some of the critical attributes of the images was not captured, and something local was blocking the functionality of the program.

A new camera trap data management software Wild.ID was developed by the TEAM expertise – USA to replace DeskTEAM due to java incompatibility issues. Udzungwa was the first official TEAM site to work with this new software. The TEAM site Manager uploaded to myTEAM the current field equipment used in the three TEAM protocols to transfer information into Wild.ID. With the help of Dr. Eileen, the new software was installed and implemented in this quarter.

Schedule Problems: 

Due to software problems, annotation of the camera trap data for 2016 was completed late in this quarter 2017.

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

The fencing wire (cage) of Automatic Weather Station (AWS) needs maintenance because they are very old. Fencing wire should be replaced as this will help avoid some problems like theft of the valuable properties/ equipment which has happened in the past.