Yanachaga Chimillén National Park (10.01.2015 to 12.31.2015)
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October - December
During October 23, 24 and 25, Rodolfo Vasquez conducted the workshop "Dendrological Databases and Evaluation of Permanent Sampling Plots" in the city of Tingo María, organized by the Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva (UNAS), the Organismo Supervisor de los Recursos Forestales y de Fauna Silvestre (OSINFOR) and the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG). The objective of the training workshop was to strengthen the capacities of the participants in the establishment of permanent tree plots (PTP), and on the evaluation and identification of the trees that are part of PTPs, as a way of understanding and monitoring forests dynamics. The workshop also aimed at providing the participants with training to improve their understanding of the use of forest resources in a sustainable way. The training workshop had 60 participants including professionals, graduate students and undergraduate seniors from UNAS, as well as forestry authority and legal users of forest resources. The TEAM methodology was followed for the establishment of the permanent tree plots, discussing it during the theoretical part of the course and using it for the practical aspect as well.
Unusual Events at the TEAM Site:
Identification of the collections resulting from the field work conducted during the re-measurement of the permanent plots (July-September).
Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol:
During this period, we finished the identification of the images from the cameras and found that most of the animals registered were the anticipated ones. Among the most interesting ones is the "Andean Bear" (Tremarctos ornatus), which was photographed at the sampling point CT-YAN-2-15 at 580 m elevation, one of the lowest points at which we are recording on the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes. This is the second time that the "Andean Bear" is photographed in the TEAM-Yanachaga site. The processed photos were sent to TEAM on a DVD, so that the team in Washington can upload the images to the TEAM website.
We also planned the activities of sampling of terrestrial vertebrates for 2016, and added the plan to the TEAM-Network website. The work will take place as follows:
Activities matrix 1: from July 05 to August 19, 2016. This includes the installation, pick up and maintenance of the cameras, charging the batteries and retrieving the memory cards with the images.
Activities matrix 2: August 20 to September 4, 2016. This includes the installation, pick up and maintenance of the cameras, charging the batteries and retrieving the memory cards with the images.
As we reported earlier, the station was moved to a place near Oxapampa. We had delays in confirming the proposed site because the park rangers of the Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park had to conduct a site visit before granting the final permit for the installation of the station. After the visit, we received the authorization for the installation at the following coordinates: 18L 0461959, 8833848, at an altitude of 3013 m. We then proceeded to carry the equipment and installed the station in late December, 2015.
Terrestrial Vertebrate Protocol.
As we indicated in the previous report, we are having serious problems with the cameras and many of them will need to be replaced. In particular we had issues with the camera screens which do not permit a correct configuration, so some of the resulting images from matrix 02 have the same configuration of matrix 01. Also, at the time of the installation of the cameras in the field, some screens were virtually illegible and did not allow for test walking or to see the start time. Therefore, we had to guess that we were doing the right thing and sometimes we had to calculate the starting time for the cameras. One of the results of these problems is that in some sampling points there is an excess of starting images.
It would be important for this year to replace at least 30% of the camera traps.