Yanachaga Chimillén National Park (10.01.2014 to 12.31.2014)

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Year: 
2014
Quarter: 
October - December
Communications activities: 

None during this period

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

No unusual events during this period

New Species: 

No new species during this period

Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation Protocol:

We dried the botanical material from new recruits to the vegetation plots, organized the specimens consecutively by the number of the collector, and then identified them. Most of the species were the same as those collected previously within each plot.

We placed the information on diameters measured in the six plots during the summer of 2014 in the respective spreadsheets and then uploaded it to the TEAM page.

We are gradually making progress with the taxonomic correction of the scientific names and are conducting some basic analysis on the diversity, structure, and dynamics of the plots.

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

During the last quarter of 2014, we finished processing the images from the two arrays of camera traps. As noted in our last report, most of the animals photographed had already been recorded in our monitoring in previous years, but the two wild dogs Speothos venaticus (Bush dog) and Atelocynus microtis (Short-eared dog) and Lagothrix cana (Common woolly monkey) were recorded for the first time.  In addition, we were also able to photograph Coendou prehensilis (Brazilian porcupine), an animal common at the site that had not yet been recorded.

The processed photos were sent on a DVD, so that they can be uploaded to the TEAM page.

Climate Protocol:

Each month, we visited the meteorological station to collect data, which we uploaded to the TEAM page as soon as possible after we returned to Oxapampa.

At each visit to the station, we cut the weeds in an area of about 1 m around the perimeter fence as well as within the fence. We also removed the debris and any external element (nests of wasps, ants, or termites; frogs; snakes, etc.) that we found inside the fence enclosing the station and tower. In anticipation of the rainy season, during our visit in October we did a general cleanup in a radius of approximately 40 m around the entire perimeter. Four people worked for three days to complete the cleanup.

Protocol Problems: 

Vegetation Protocol:

None during this period

Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:

None

Climate Protocol:

Apparently it rained quite heavily in the upper parts of the park during the second half of November, causing landslides that subsequently dammed a small creek that runs 100 meters from the station. Eventually, the creek overflowed, reaching and then passing through the meteorological station at a height of about 20 cm. Finally, the surrounding weeds, which accumulated on the south side of the fence, partly demolished it (see photo 1). We discovered the problem on our visit to the station in December and immediately proceeded to clean the fence and raise it again. Then we checked that there was no damage to the equipment.

Schedule Problems: 

Because the rains were too heavy on the road to Iscozacín (the small town that is the access point to the National Park), and the roads were impassable in places due to overflowing rivers, we could not go to collect data for the month of November.

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

None

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