Yanachaga Chimillén National Park (01.01.2016 to 03.31.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
January - March
Communications activities: 

Between January 25 and 30, Rodolfo Vásquez, Rocío Rojas and Luis Valenzuela from the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) conducted the workshop "Training for rangers of the National Protected Areas of Peru’s Selva Central (ANP), methodologies and techniques in sampling for wildlife ". The workshop was organized by the Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park, the Yanesha Communal Reserve and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The objective of the training workshop was to strengthen the capacities of the participants in the establishment of Permanent Plots Measurement (PPM) for vegetation monitoring and in the inventory of wildlife with camera traps within the ANP of the Selva Central. The ANP of the Selva Central are acquiring Bushnell cameras for monitoring and inventory of wildlife and requested the training, which was attended by 14 professionals and rangers of the ANP of the Selva Central, including 5 staff from the Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park, 3 from the Communal Yanesha Reserve, 2 from the Otishi National Park, 2 from the Protected Forest San Matías-San Carlos and 2 volunteer rangers of the Asociación para el Manejo de la Reserva Comunal Yanesha (MARCY).

During the months of February and March, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) organized the course "Andean Amazonian Ecosystems" for 11 undergraduate students from Peruvian universities who are in the last year of their studies in the faculties of biological and related sciences. The course’s field work took place in the San Matías-San Carlos Protected Forest and in the Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary.

Both the training workshop and the course included theoretical and practical sessions related to the MBG activities on the TEAM-Yanachaga site. The installation of the permanent sample plots was carried out according to the Vegetation Monitoring Protocol Implementation Manual Version 1.5.1 and the installation of camera traps followed the Terrestrial Vertebrate (Camera Trap) Monitoring Protocol Implementation Manual Version 3.1.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

None

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation Protocol

Identification of collections resulting from the field work conducted during the re-measurement of the permanent plots (July-September 2015).

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol

None

Climate Protocol

The new location of the weather station is at 10°32'57 and 75°20'51.7" at an altitude of 3013 m, on a small natural open space surrounded by low forest with scattered trees no more than 3 m high, at the top of a mountain. Access to the station is somewhat difficult, first by an unpaved road accessible only to 4 wheel-drive vehicles, which reaches to 2200 m and from there on foot for 3 hours along a winding and steep road until one reaches the top of the mountain where the station sits.

The MBG team have visited the station monthly and collected the data, which was later uploaded to the TEAM portal. During our visits we checked the fences and the station, making sure that all the sensors and power supply were in good working condition.

Protocol Problems: 

Vegetation Protocol

None

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol

As part of the maintenance of the wildlife monitoring equipment, we keep the camera traps in airtight plastic containers with silica gel, and every two months we check them to verify their proper operation, and at the same time change the silica gel. As indicated in our previous report, there is a group of cameras that do not work correctly because the screens do not display the functions, making it impossible to change the settings. This problem was related in our previous report where we explained that for a group of cameras we were not able to change the configuration and the photos show the configuration of the matrix 01 instead of showing the configuration of the matrix 02.

Climate Protocol

The last time we went to collect the data the fan was turned off. We checked the connection and managed get it working again. On the next visit we will continue to monitor the fan and if the problem reoccurs we may have to replace it.

Schedule Problems: 

None

 

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

For the upcoming monitoring period we need to buy at least 15 new camera traps to replace those that are not working properly. We also need to buy 6, 5 m diameter tapes, and replace the batteries on the camera traps.