Virunga Massif (04.01.2015 to 06.30.2015)

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April - June
Communications activities: 

In May, a report showing TEAM results were produced and shared with Volcanoes National Park. For  Mgahinga Gorilla National Park , it is planned to share the report soon. These are 2 protected areas housing Virunga TEAM site. The park management  was amazed to have the report and recognized a good collaboration which characterized TEAM project and pledged their support for this year. Additionally, on July 8th 2015, IGCP was invited by DFGFI-KRC to give a talk about TEAM program and results from the last year sampling. The presentation was an opportunity to catch the attention from different researchers on TEAM program and how they can used TEAM datasets for designing research projects on biodiversity conservation in Virunga Massif.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual event took place at the site.

New Species: 

No new species to the site was encountered. 

Protocol Activities: 


1.     Climate Monitoring Protocol

Climate data for April, May and June were downloaded and the climate station was maintained.

2.     Terrestrial Vertebrate (camera trap) Monitoring Protocol

From June 1st to June 22nd  the first array of camera traps were deployed and from 2nd July to July 23rd, they were removed. Pictures have been downloaded from the memory cards and awaiting to be annotated by the end of the 2nd array camera trap removal.

3. Vegetation Monitoring Protocol

No vegetation protocol has been implemented in this reporting period.


Protocol Problems: 

i)                Climate station

No technical problem with the climate station was observed during the reporting period

ii)               Camera traps

Some issues with the camera trap deployment were witnessed. These include one camera trap which was stolen by poachers. investigations are underway to identify people involved. The second issue was one camera trap which stopped recording picture right after its deployment as it recorded only start pictures. Lastly, one camera trap was relocated to another location since the tree at which it was set last year was occupied by bees.

iii)             Vegetation plots

Not applicable


Schedule Problems: 

No problem were encountered, all field activities are undertaken as planned and there is no delay.

Logistical Problems: 

No logistical problem was met.


Additional camera traps  with their accessories need to be provided as backup in case others are stolen.