Yanachaga Chimillén National Park (01.01.2015 to 03.31.2015)
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January - March
As part of our program of capacity building and institutional strengthening, during February and March we conducted a course in “Andean Amazonian Ecosystems” for 12 undergraduate students from Peruvian universities who are in the last year of their studies in the faculties of biological and related sciences. The course, which was held in Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park, included both theoretical and practical activities. In the latter, the students developed several short research projects using field methodologies, such as transects and permanent sampling plots, for gaining information about vegetation. In this context we visited plot VG-YAN-02 to practice several activities in accordance with the TEAM protocols: delimitation of the plot and subplots, placement of metal plates, measurement of the diameters of trees, measurement of distances, taking of coordinates, and preparation of botanical specimens.
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site:
No unusual events during this period
No new species during this period
Vegetation Protocol: During this period we scheduled the program of activities for the summer of 2015 as follows: -Plot VG-YAN-02 re-measurement and collection of new recruits – July 16–17, 2015 -Plot VG-YAN-04: re-measurement and collection of new recruits – July 22–23, 2015 -Plot VG-YAN-01: re-measurement and collection of new recruits – August 6–7, 2015 -Plot VG-YAN-03: re-measurement and collection of new recruits – August 11–12, 2015 -Plot VG-YAN-05: re-measurement and collection of new recruits – August 30–31, 2015 -Plot VG-YAN-06: re-measurement and collection of new recruits – September 3–4, 2015 Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol: We scheduled the program to install the two camera trap arrays, as follows: -Install the camera traps of Array 1: July 5–13, 2015 -Pick up the camera traps of Array 1: August 9–15, 2015 -Install the camera traps of Array 2: August 20–30, 2015 -Pick up the camera traps of Array 2: September 20–30, 2015 Climate Protocol: For the climate protocol we proposed the 4th of each month as the day to visit the meteorological station to collect information from the datalogger and at the same time cut the weeds and remove debris and any external element (nests of wasps, ants, or termites; frogs; snakes, etc.) found inside the fence enclosing the station and tower.
Vegetation Protocol: None during this period Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol: None Climate Protocol: None
Because the rains were too heavy on the roads to Iscozacín (the small town that is the access point to the National Park), the roads were blocked by overflowing rivers, making it impossible to go to the meteorological station to collect data on schedule.