Virunga Massif (10.01.2015 to 12.31.2015)

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October - December
Communications activities: 

No communication activities were undertaken during this reporting period.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual event took place at the site.

New Species: 

Two species which were not recorded last year were recorded by the camera trap this year. The first one is African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta africana) and another one is the dusky turtle dove (Streptopelia lugens). 

Protocol Activities: 


1.     Climate Monitoring Protocol

Climate data for October, November and December were downloaded and the climate station was serviced.

2.     Terrestrial Vertebrate (camera trap) Monitoring Protocol

Camera trap pictures were annotated. A total of 55,036 images were recorded by camera traps. The camera trap image annotation continued in January and by the date of reporting, the camera trap images annotation was completed. The files will be exported into tpk file, put on the external drive and sent to CI as we proceeded last year. This is because the internet connection is slow and the file is huge to be uploaded on TEAM web portal at the site level.

3. Vegetation Monitoring Protocol

From December 3rd 2015, we started vegetation plot sampling. By the end of December, 4 vegetation plots were already completed. At the reporting time, all 6 vegetation plots were completed. The remaining work is the data entry and it is expected to complete the data entry and data uploading to TEAM web portal by February 15th.

Protocol Problems: 


i)                Climate station

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

ii)               Camera traps

Two main factors were noted during this period and contributed to the delay in implementing the protocol

The first factor was a technical issue which was occurred during the camera trap image annotation. DeskTEAM application on the desktop computer used previously stopped working and all the work previously done to annotate images was lost. After consulting TEAM technical team, the problem was resolved and the camera trap image annotation was resumed.

The second factor was the heavy workload due to Virunga gorilla census. The field assistant was part of census team and the site coordinator was engaged in census logistics coordination.

i)                Vegetation plots

No problem was encountered.

Schedule Problems: 

As explained above, we had delays in implementing terrestrial vertebrate protocol (delay in camera trap image annotation). 

Logistical Problems: 

No logistical problem were encountered during the reporting period.


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