Yanachaga Chimillén National Park (04.01.2013 to 06.30.2013)

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Year: 
2013
Quarter: 
April - June
Communications activities: 

During the first week of May, the Herbario Selva Central (HOXA) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The celebrations included a series of presentations related to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s activities in the Selva Central, with talks, audio-visual demonstrations, photography exhibitions, and displays of herbarium specimens of the principal woody species of the region and of the medicinal plants of the Yanesha people. At the celebrations, the Herbario also presented the activities taking place in the TEAM Yanachaga-Chemillén site. Among these, the work with the camera traps attracted the greatest interest. A total of about one thousand people—adults and children—attended the various activities.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual events during this period

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation Protocol:

During this period we conducted work in the herbarium, mainly identifying the collections and selecting the best specimens from the permanent plots for mounting. We also scheduled re-measurement and collection of plots VG-YAN-02 and VG-YAN-04 and collection of species not previously collected in plots VG-YAN-01, VG-YAN-03, VG-YAN 05, and VG-YAN-06.

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

Each month during this period, we changed the silica container where the camera traps are stored. We also planned monitoring activities for the 2013 summer season as follows:

-Set up the cameras and charge the batteries: 01 to 03 July, 2013

-Install the Array 1 camera traps: 04 to 12 July, 2013

-Pick up the Array 1 camera traps: 05 to 12 August, 2013

-Collect images from the Array 1 camera traps: first and second week of August

-Recharge the batteries for the next group of cameras: first and second week of August

-Install the Array 2 camera traps: 19 to 27 August, 2013

-Pick up the Array 2 camera traps: 20 to 30 September, 2013

Climate Protocol:

We visit the meteorological station between 14th and the 20th of each month, but it is not always possible to get to the station on schedule when river conditions prevent us from navigating the Río Iscozacín. Each time we visit the station, we clear the weeds growing inside and outside the station, remove the debris of dead vegetation, remove any wasp nests and termite mounds, and check the connections, the condition of the cables, the charge of the battery, and the operation of the solar panel. During this period we downloaded the data without problems and uploaded them to the portal as soon as was possible. We also scheduled the data collection activities and maintenance of the station for the period from July 2013 to June 2014.

Protocol Problems: 

Vegetation Protocol:

None in this period

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

None in this period

Climate Protocol:

None in this period

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

The rainy season created problems that made it difficult to access the TEAM site and posed constant dangers in reaching the work area, especially when carrying equipment or materials.

Suggestions: 

It is urgent to make repairs to the road, a process that will require four people working for at least a week.