Volcán Barva (07.01.2011 to 09.30.2011)

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July - September
Communications activities: 

The Site Manager gave a talk and carried out a field trip to show about  “Volcan Barva TEAM Project, Costa Rica for 14 master students of UNA – Populations ecology course.

The Site Manager gave two talks about  “Volcan Barva TEAM Project, Costa Rica for  10 people of ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) and 8 people of CORBANA (Corporación Bananera Costarricense).

 The Site Manager gave a talk to celebrate the national parks´s day about the importance of monitoring biodiversity to people of MINAET Environment Ministry and San Ramón community located near to BC National Park (30 people).

 The Site Manager gave a talk about  “Volcan Barva TEAM Project, Costa Rica for 5 people from University of California, Northon Gruman and TEAM-CI, who are planning to lead a group of teachers during the summer of 2012. A field trip also was developed to show them how is carried out the different TEAM protocols. They visited one of the 1 ha vegetation plots and some points where are located the camera traps. She also showed the ground facilities of La Selva biological station.

 We had a workshop with people from Purdue University who used the TEAM frog sounds data from La Selva. They set up new recorders (Song scope) in the same TEAM amphibian points. They are interested in analyzing the biophonics of the forest.

They also have a database with our amphibians data uploaded on the Purdue webpage.


We had a workshop with people from Panthera Organization to help them with the spatial design for their camera trapping sampling on Braulio Carrillo National Park. They used the TEAM experience in the area and used the recommendations of the TEAM protocol. They photo-captured other individual of Jaguar.


The site manager was invited to the annual meeting of SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservación) to evaluate the management strategies of the forest rangers and administrative people. I suggested more activities for the protection and control within the park.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

There were not unusual events for this period

New Species: 

There were not new species for this period

Protocol Activities: 

The climate data from July 8th up to August 30th were collected and submitted in the new data entry form version 3.0.  Data from September will be collected and submitted ASAP.



Protocol Problems: 

We lost a week of data (1-7 July) due to the damage on the card. In addition, On September, when we went to recover the data from July, we realized that the intern memory is too short, so we could not recover the data.

On September we had a little problem when we tried to download the data directly from computer. The problem is showed with the software PC200 version 3.1. We tried to find what was the error, using different cables, ports, maxim transfer velocity, etc but we did not find exactly where is the problem. We finally use the software PC400 to download the data from other computer. The intern memory of the datalogger appears to be too short (only 5 weeks of data are kept inside the datalogger). Due to this, we could not recover the data from the first week of July. 

Schedule Problems: 

There were not schedule problems for this period

Logistical Problems: 

There were not logistical problems for this period


Document the problems presented at Volcán Barva Climate station traying to download data directly from the datalogger, in the new version of the climate protocol.